Auckland’s top 8 pasta dishes, according to Denizen

There are few dishes more comforting or satisfying than a heaving bowl of pasta. Creamy or garlicky in penne, gnocchi or pappardelle form, the Italian staple is always an enjoyable experience. Spoilt for choice here in Auckland, with an impressive number of restaurants serving up their own excellent iterations, we have done the hard yards and found our favourites. Sure to cause contention with many carbohydrate connoisseurs out there (everyone has their own personal preference), here we share our top pasta dishes. 

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Amano’s crayfish tortellini

Amano’s crayfish tortellini

Amano’s crayfish tortellini

Amano’s crayfish tortellini

Known for changing its dishes and ingredients with the seasons, the menu at Amano is consistently updating — a blessing for us pasta lovers as it gives us new option on every visit. Currently, it’s the crayfish tortellini: handmade, egg pasta parcels stuffed with Wairarapa coast cray, fennel soffrito and preserved lemon. What’s not to love?

Ostro's Mushroom gnocchi

Ostro's Mushroom gnocchi

Ostro's Mushroom gnocchi

Ostro's Mushroom gnocchi

Soft pillows of handmade gnocchi lying in a shallow pool of truffle cream with ‘out of the dark’ mushrooms, pickled onion and sage — it comes as no surprise that this Ostro dish has secured a spot in our countdown of Auckland’s best.

Baduzzi’s beetroot pappardelle

Baduzzi’s beetroot pappardelle

Baduzzi’s beetroot pappardelle

Baduzzi’s beetroot pappardelle

Utilising all of the goodness of Baduzzi’s daily handmade pasta, this stunning beet dish infuses thick ribbons of pappardelle with the purple root vegetable to give it a rich, earthy flavour. Topping that with delicate shavings of paua, fleshy mushrooms and a perfectly poached quail’s egg, ready to be stirred in, it’s an absolute taste sensation.

Cotto’s gnocchi

Cotto’s gnocchi

Cotto’s gnocchi

Cotto’s gnocchi

The pasta pop-up that swept the city, Cotto, has (thankfully) extended its stay at K’ Road’s 69 Bar. Serving up its fresh creations Tuesday-Saturday from 5-11pm there is no ‘wrong’ order here, but the doughy gnocchi with kumara, gorgonzola, walnuts and watercress is incredible.

Soul’s bolognese

Soul’s bolognese

Soul’s bolognese

Soul’s bolognese

Though Soul’s incredibly comforting macaroni and cheese (which comes slathered in a creamy sauce, with chunks of ham off the bone and a crunchy parmesan crust) will always hold a special place in our heart, it’s ‘Bill’s Bolognese’ that makes our list. Made with cavatelli instead of the classic spaghetti, it’s hearty and heartwarming on a cold winter’s day.

Euro’s clam spaghetti

Euro’s clam spaghetti

Euro’s clam spaghetti

Euro’s clam spaghetti

If it is a seafood pasta that you find yourself craving, Euro is the place to satisfy. A light and refined dish that sees littleneck clams, sharp prosciutto, lemon and oregano set atop a plate of piping hot spaghetti, add a chilled glass of Chardonnay for lunchtime perfection.

Pasta & Cuore’s butter and sage tortelloni

Pasta & Cuore’s butter and sage tortelloni

Pasta & Cuore’s butter and sage tortelloni

Pasta & Cuore’s butter and sage tortelloni

In the heart of Mount Eden village, this artisan pasta house has become a local favourite, courtesy of its traditional, fresh Italian pasta. Handmade and available for lunch and dinner, dine in or take away, Pasta & Cuore’s dishes hark back to traditional recipes of old that rely on simple, high-quality ingredients. The finest, in our opinion, is the tortelloni stuffed with buffalo ricotta. Drizzled with butter and crispy sage leaves, it’s pasta heaven.

Special Mention: Baduzzi’s Kids' Pasta

Special Mention: Baduzzi’s Kids' Pasta

Special Mention: Baduzzi’s Kids' Pasta

Special Mention: Baduzzi’s Kids' Pasta

Handmade buttered pasta, sprinkled with herbs and parmesan, don’t let the simple description of this bambina pasta dissuade you. If they made it for adults, we’d get it every time.