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.

Tipo 00

Restaurant

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

Al Dente Enoteca

Restaurant

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.

Restaurant 161-163 Nicholson Street, Carlton
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Florentino

Restaurant

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

Bar

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.

681 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

Umberto Espresso Bar

Cafe

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.

917 High Street, Thornbury

Pentolina

Restaurant

This pasta bar has reopened for takeaway and delivery. In previous lockdowns Pentolina has offered a range of a la carte and heat-at-home dishes. This time around, at least for now, they're focusing on large format shareable feasts: big hampers of pasta, hefty mains and a dessert. The menu changes each week, check it out here.

2/377 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Bar Carolina

Restaurant

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.

44 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Bontempo

Restaurant

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.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Tipico

Restaurant

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.

242 High Street, Windsor
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Lagotto

Cafe

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.

1 York Street, Fitzroy North
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Trattoria Emilia

Restaurant

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.

360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Becco

Restaurant

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.

11-25 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Mister Bianco

Restaurant

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.

285 High Street, Kew

King & Godfree Deli

Shop

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

Restaurant

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.

52 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Capitano

Restaurant

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.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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