Park Street Pasta & Wine

Friday
12:00pm - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
268 Park Street South Melbourne 3205

Features

dine at the bar
outdoor area
licensed
Italian

The concise menu here changes fortnightly. It's featured dishes such as charred octopus with romesco, and Jerusalem artichoke and sweet potato crisps. All the pasta is made in-house every day using Daylesford’s Real Eggs and flour from Laucke Flour Mills in South Australia. Pasta dishes have included veal and wild rabbit agnolotti with sage butter, and a ricciutelle with red-wine braised octopus and bone marrow.

It also serves fresh extruded pasta – made by forcing dough through a cutting device known as a “die” to get varieties such as macaroni and penne – including a casarecce with Wagyu beef-cheek ragu. (Fresh extruded pasta is rare – even in high-end restaurants – given the high cost of the machines.) There’s also a chickpea-based gluten-free pasta made by Melbourne’s Goodness Catering.

The wine list is short, consisting mostly of Italian bottles. There are also a couple of local bottles, from the Yarra Valley.

The restaurant is light with no-fuss décor, and a painting formerly owned by the late acclaimed auteur and South Melbourne resident Paul Cox hangs by the bar. The building dates to the 1880s.

A wrought-iron arm extends from the frontage above the front door with three copper balls hanging from it – the European signpost for a pawnbroker. And when you dine outside you’ll have a beautiful old Town Hall.