You won't find any superfoods here — just rich Italian comfort food and big, buttery bowls of pasta.
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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Sunday, August 1 - Tuesday, August 31
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