You’re familiar with penne and spaghetti, but have you come across strozzapretti, tonarelli and fiori? If not, Sydney’s imaginative chefs will give you a lesson in Italy’s trademark dish. From classic restaurants that have mastered age-old techniques to next-gen kitchens creating tomorrow’s classics, this list has your pasta cravings kicked.

As of last year, though, you don't even have to travel to Rushcutters Bay for Marta’s cacio e pepe, or to Marrickville for Two Chaps’s gnocchi. You can just recreate them at home with The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook. Pastas from Bacco Osteria, 10 William St, A Tavola and ACME are also among the book’s 80 recipes. Available now at


Mitch Orr's pasta is border-crossing.

60 Bayswater Road
Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011

Big Poppa’s

Go for the pappardelle ragu.

96 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Sotta Sopra

Four innovative pasta dishes to choose from.

316-324 Barrenjoey Road
Newport NSW 2106

Fratelli Paradiso

The spaghetti scampi is an institution in itself.

Bakery 12-16 Challis Avenue
Potts Point NSW 2011

La Rosa The Strand

Nettle spaghetti, cacio e pepe, and grilled meats, Roman style.

Shop 133, The Strand Arcade 193 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Otto Ristorante

Famous for its spaghetti with Tasmanian crayfish.

Area 8 6 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW