Melburnians have a number of authentic Italian restaurants at their doorstep | Source: Eating Well

Satisfy Your Pappardelle Cravings at These Italian Restaurants in Melbourne

From tortellini to tagliatelle, there are countless types of pasta to love. However, one undeniably delicious pasta dish that stands out above the rest is pappardelle. Typically served with a deliciously rich ragù, pappardelle can be found at plenty of Italian restaurants. If you’re dining in Melbourne, there are a few top-rated Italian restaurants serving up the fan-favourite pasta dish.

Pentolina Fresh Pasta & Bar

Recognised as a local hidden gem for authentic Italian food, Pentolina is one of Melbourne’s top dining destinations for fresh pasta, including pappardelle. Tucked in a laneway off of Collins Street, Pentolina has been known to serve a delicious pappardelle al ragù as well as a nettle pappardelle with rabbit. Of course, Pentolina’s other pasta dishes are top-notch too, with the restaurant earning plenty of five-star reviews.


Translating to ‘discover’, Scopri is another highly-rated Italian restaurant you can discover for yourself in Melbourne. Located on Nicholson Street in Carlton, Scopri is a farm to table restaurant that serves seasonal dishes along with an extensive wine list. While the menu changes with the season, diners can expect real Italian food like handmade pappardelle with duck ragù and traditional favourites like lasagne.

Thirty Eight Chairs

Located in South Yarra, Thirty Eight Chairs serves an a la carte menu filled with southern Italian favourites. Using family recipes, Thirty Eight Chairs dishes up fresh pasta, including its crowd favourite pappardelle with duck ragù. Thirty Eight Chairs has plenty of long-term diners that describe this humble Italian restaurant as a home away from home.

Campari House

Offering alfresco dining, a cocktail bar and lounge, function room and trendy rooftop bar, Campari House is “five levels of fun” in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane. Established in 1967, Campari House has long been a go-to for after-work cocktails and long Italian lunches. Along with house-made gnocchi, wild mushroom risotto and pizzas, Campari House also serves up pappardelle with braised lamb ragù.


Specialising in Venetian eats, Vaporetto is a little slice of Italy tucked behind Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn. Open seven nights a week, Vaporetto is a go-to for authentic Italian dishes, pre-cinema bites and refreshing cocktails. As for the pappardelle, Vaporetto dishes up saffron pappardelle ‘al gatto nero’ with blue swimmer crab and smoked Caciocavallo cheese.

Park Street Pasta

Dishing up a delicious pappardelle with pork shoulder and beef brisket, Park Street Pasta is another top-rated Italian restaurant in Melbourne. Located in a historic corner building, Park Street Pasta is “South Melbourne’s friendly neighbourhood osteria” that serves diners a seasonal menu inspired by the 20 regions of Italy. All pasta is handmade (‘fatto a mano’) and the wine list features Italian and local drops.

SOHO Restaurant & Bar

Situated on the scenic Riverside Quay in Southbank, SOHO is a trendy bar, restaurant and pizzeria that specialises in Italian cuisine. Dishing up pappardelle with slow-cooked lamb ragù along with other crowd-pleasing Italian dishes, you can’t go wrong with a leisurely lunch or special occasion dinner by the river at SOHO.

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