Super Norma is a playful and cosy Italian lunch spot serving up Napoli-inspired pastas and tunes. It’s the pop-up passion project of Marco Salzano (Committee Room by Grossi) and Luca Muscato, two friends drawing on their mutual upbringings in southern Italy.

Salzano learned to cook with his nonna in the boot nation. Those family heirloom recipes make up the bulk of a menu that consists of a handful of pastas, plus a daily special or two. Mainstays include the namesake Super Norma (an eggplant-rich pasta alla Norma), and a ragu Napoletano – nine different cuts of meat slow-cooked in herbs and tomatoes for seven hours – served over big tubes of rigatoni.

Each pasta is served in a takeaway-friendly noodle box, but you’re welcome to dine in. The narrow space only squeezes in around 12 people, but the tight fit adds to the charm and overall family lunch vibe. Especially when you factor in the kitschy decor and dried chillies hanging overhead, plus the turntable that’s always spinning Italo-disco LPs (the multidisciplinary duo are also behind music project Disco Mediterranea). A meal here feels a little like dropping into your cool nonna’s home.

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Updated: December 4th, 2023

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