Sydney is experiencing a bit of a lunchtime renaissance of late. There are cheap bowls of noodles at Spice Temple, a new food hub on Clarence Street and a social-enterprise cafe at Martin Place.

Basically, if you work in or near the CBD, there’s no excuse for eating a soggy sandwich at your desk.

The latest in this litany of decent options is a new menu of $10 pastas at Italian chain Fratelli Fresh. It has seven locations around Sydney, including on Bridge Street in the city, and in Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney.

From 12pm to 3pm on weekdays Fratelli will be serving fusilli with bolognaise ragu; penne with pesto, baby spinach, peas and parmesan; linguine with lemon, chilli, garlic and pangratatto (breadcrumbs); penne with gorgonzola, mushroom, peas and parmesan; and others for just a tenner. Cold pasta salads are also available: there’s a tuna version with rigatoni, and a Mediterranean-style option with penne, cucumber, olives, feta and Italian dressing.

There are also $5 sides, wines, beers and desserts. That means you could get a bolognaise, tomato bruschetta and a glass of house red for 20 bucks. And if you’ve got an extra fiver lying around, you could even throw in a banoffee torta.

fratellifresh.com.au