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.

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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.

361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne


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

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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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 vigoli (pasta like thick Venetian spaghetti) with duck meatballs. More information here.

681 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
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Umberto Espresso Bar

Now running a takeaway and 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 Uber Eats and Menulog.

822 High Street, Thornbury

Cafe Di Stasio

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.

31 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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This pasta bar has reopened for takeaway and delivery. Our tip? Go for a dish that you’d have a hard time replicating at home. The agnolotti dish is a good place to start. If you’d rather cook at home (with a bit of Pentolina help), there’s a range of jar sauces and handmade pastas to order too. Can't decide? Order the family feast (it comfortably serves four) and you'll be well looked after. Check it out.

2/377 Little Collins St, Melbourne


Marameo and the rest of Joe Mammone’s Italian diners (Bar Carolina, Il Bacaro, Tetto) have banded together for a greatest-hits range of meals. And yes, pasta figures prominently. Whether that means ready-to-eat rabbit pappardelle or sauces and fresh pasta to have later, there’s no going wrong. Order here.

6 Russell Place, Melbourne
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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. Order here.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


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.

242 High Street, Windsor
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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. Check out the menu here.

1 York Street, Fitzroy North

Trattoria Emilia

Trattoria Emilia is doing “comfort boxes” filled with focaccias, olives and cheeses. Best of all, each comfort box comes 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.

360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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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 and pantry staples.

11-25 Crossley Street, Melbourne
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Mister Bianco

This Kew diner has introduced "The Italian Job": ready-to-eat and frozen meals delivered to your door. Free delivery within 3.5 kilometres. Order here.

285 High Street, Kew
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King & Godfree Deli

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.

293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton

Bar Romantica

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.

52 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

With the good-time Italian diner’s new delivery service comes a four-cheese lasagne. It’s made with bolognaise and white sauce layered between sheets of hand-rolled pasta, with fresh mozzarella, provolone, Monterey Jack cheddar and parmesan. Get two serves for $19. Order online.

29 Grattan Street, Carlton


This spot has expanded its takeaway offering since the onset of lockdowns in March. 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.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton