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Tipo 00

You won't find any superfoods here — just rich Italian comfort food and big, buttery bowls of pasta.
By Amy Collins
December 09, 2014
By Amy Collins
December 09, 2014

Sometimes it's time to put the green juice down and have a very large plate of carbs. You can't deny how good that feels in the moment. Whether you regret it later at the gym is not the question here; it's about taste, the quality of the forkful going into your mouth, and it's all about the butter the drips off it. Tipo 00 understands this. With a name that reflects the traditional flour used to make pizza and pasta, they know a thing or two about the gig. They've built a whole pasta bar around the idea of sitting down to a delicious bowl of the stuff, where quality, care, and fresh produce are far more important than what it might do to your waistline. Don't think of it as a problem for future you. Current you will be very, very happy.

But lets not get ahead of ourselves — there are things that come before the pasta. Open with decadence with burrata cheese served with roasted eggplant and watercress ($16), or for something a little lighter, you can go for the grilled calamari with spring onions and anchovy crumbs ($15). Salumi is of course on the menu with 100 grams of whatever is on rotation that day going for $19.

The main event is the pasta. There is no denying that. For simplicity executed perfectly go for the asparagus-filled tortellini served with a parmesan and sage sauce ($22). If seafood is your thing, you can opt for the spaghetti served with smoked eggplant, clams, tomato, garlic, and chilli ($23), while meat eaters should strongly consider the braised rabbit, marjoram, and hazelnut served with huge pappardelle ($26).

When you've had a huge amount of savoury goodness, it would be wrong to end things there. The Tipomisu ($14) is — apart from a cute play on words — also a delicious combination of chocolate, coffee, and mascarpone. It's a tried and tested combination everyone knows to work well, and while it doesn't look like you'd expect (more of a circle of goodness with mascarpone dotted around), it's every bit as good as you'd hoped. If your version of sweet is more savoury, there is a cheese selection waiting for you too ($20 for 100 grams).

The wine selection is bold and centred around European drops, but when you're pairing it with a bowl of Italy, it would be wrong not to keep it within the family.

Images: Brook James.

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