Best Takeaway Pasta in Melbourne

Updated August 11th, 2021


Life is a bit strange right now, but we do have a few things left. Ready-to-eat, takeaway pasta from some of the best restaurants in town is one of them. Whether you’re tired of your attempts to cook the king of carbs at home or you’ve just run down your personal stockpile of packet pasta, these places will sort you out.

  • One of the city’s most popular pasta spots has been resurrected as a click-and-collect eatery. Stock up on fresh pasta – rigatoni, spaghetti, casarecce et al – and sauces such as Wagyu bolognaise, rabbit ragu and a simple tomato sugo. For more immediate satisfaction, order from the pronto da mangiare (ready to eat) menu – we'll be going for the squid ink spaghetti.

  • Al Dente was born out of lockdown, so in a way it's in its element right now. Sapori, the in-house pasta and Italian pantry staples shop, is open from 9am–5pm daily. Pasta delivery is still going strong, too.

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  • The Grossi family has launched “Grossi a Casa” bringing together favourites from Florentino, Grill, Ombra and more. Check out the selection here.

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  • Vaporetto is now doing takeaway for pick-up and delivery. The changeable menu features lunch and dinner packs. Going a-la-carte? You can't go past the lamb gnocchi. More information here.

  • Now running a delivery menu starring all of the old Umberto favourites. You'll find spaghetti carbonara and penne amatriciana on the menu, alongside other classics. Find Umberto on all of the major delivery apps – they're not doing pick-up this time around.

  • For 30 years, Rinaldo Di Stasio's restaurants have been celebrating the theatre of going out for a meal. White tablecloths and jackets dominate, and the food and wine is just as classic as the service. In the absence of regular service, the news that Di Stasio is now delivering lasagnes (classic and meat-free), bolognaises, wines and more is surreal – but very welcome. Order and find more info here.

  • Joe Mammone's Italian diner Bar Carolina has once again shifted over to takeaway. There's a great, very pasta-heavy, takeaway menu to peruse. You can pick up your order from the South Yarra spot or you can get it delivered if you're within seven kilometres.

  • There’re about 13 pasta dishes on the menu here – including vegetarian cannelloni, a prawn fettuccine and a rigatoni matriciana – so Bontempo is your best option if you’re ordering for a fussy family or share house with diverse tastes. The pizzas are also very good. Order here.

  • Tipico is dishing out everything from simple classics (such as spaghetti with pesto) to more involved affairs (the duck ragu gnocchi is just the kind of indulgence we need). More details here. Tipico is also available on Providoor.

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  • There’s a great range of pastas here, and most come in under the $20 mark. We’ll be going straight for the orecchiette loaded with greens and chilli. So far this lockdown, Lagotto's takeaway is a Saturday-only affair. Keep an eye out on its Instagram for menu and ordering updates.

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  • Trattoria Emilia is doing “comfort boxes” filled with focaccias, olives and cheeses. Past boxes have come with big servings of handmade pasta, ragu bolognaise and a family-sized lasagne. Vegetarian boxes are also available. You can customise your box with a heap of add-ons – and you should because biscuits and wine are necessary.

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  • Alongside its usual offering of pastas and hearty Italian mains, Becco has reopened as a produce store. Check out the food offering here or head in for fresh fruit, veggies, sangas and pantry staples.

  • This Kew diner has restarted "The Italian Job": ready-to-eat and frozen meals delivered to your door. Free delivery within 3.5 kilometres. Order here. There's a separate full hot food menu to order from too.

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  • As one of Carlton’s longest-running delis, King and Godfree knows how to change with the times. No wonder it has one of the best heat-and-eat meal ranges around right now. The pastas are a particular highlight. See the menu here.

  • You can now get Bar Romantica’s menu to take home. There’s a great range of pizzas and wines to choose from, but the pasta is the real star here. There are two options (pappardelle with bolognaise and sopressini with braised eggplant), plus a weekly special on Wednesdays. Find out more here. Ordering also available over Instagram.

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  • This spot has expanded its takeaway offering since the onset of lockdowns in March last year. The pizza range is still available to takeaway (including deep-dish pizza) but it's worth checking out the pastas, too. Try the rigatoni, trust us. Order here.

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