There are few things more comforting and delicious than a good serving of pasta. With its longstanding Italian community and dedication to authentic cuisine, Melbourne serves up some of the best fettuccine, pappardelle, orecchiette and ravioli in the world – if you know where to look.

It's telling that many of the places on this list have been operating since the '80s, with few changes to what they do. Good pasta is timeless and resistant to trends.

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Tipo 00

A fine dining chef's handmade-pasta passion project.

361 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Il Bacaro

All about that Moreton Bay bug spaghettini.

168-170 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Caffe e Cucina

An old-style Italian local.

581 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

Il Solito Posto

A cosy basement split between casual and fine dining.

Basement 113 Collins Street (enter George Pde)
Melbourne VIC

Lupino Bistro

A retro-style eatery based around pasta.

41 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC