For a nice dinner out, we were so excited to use our Zomato voucher for Pastabella, a Glebe restaurant serving authentic, house-made Italian cuisine.
We started with herb bread for the entree, which was on pane di casa bread. The base was lighter than a pizza, but not as heavy as garlic bread, and the herbs were perfectly balanced, creating a wonderful flavour. I opted for the napoletana sauce-based marinara with the gourmet pasta, which is house-made. There are options of spaghetti, fettucine, gnocchi or ravioli, so I picked the fettuccine.
It was such a highlight, as the pasta was heavier than the usual store-bought varieties, and cut much thicker, which complemented the richness of the sauce. There was a variety of seafood items, such as prawns, calamari and mussels, and the serves were very generous, so I couldn’t quite finish it!
My friend picked the Boscaiola, which had mushrooms, bacon and shallots in a fresh cream sauce, and cooked with fettuccine. She really enjoyed it, and found it very tasty. To finish off the meal, we were really excited to see some of the beautiful desserts being prepared and plated up, so we had to pick one for ourselves. We ordered the tiramisu, which was large enough for two to share, and had a very intense coffee flavour.
The presentation was truly a work of art, with a flower artfully drawn on the bottom of the plate, and a sugar tweal and strawberry rose adorning the dessert. It wasn’t too sweet, so the side of gelato complemented it perfectly – we had a scoop of strawberry, salted caramel and fig and walnut, which was a perfect end to our dining experience!
While the exterior may be unassuming, the phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes to mind, as the interior was really lovely! The kitchen is very open and visible, and you have a glimpse into the food being cooked and pizzas being made. The restaurant is nice and cosy and has a very welcoming feel, but was still quite busy. There was seating both inside and outside, as well as right next to the kitchen. There is also a function room upstairs for parties.
The dishes from Pastabella are also supplied to ‘The Little Guy’, a bar which is located a few doors down that boasts craft beer, cocktails and live music. The staff and owner were all really friendly and happy to chat to us about the dishes, and it was such an amazing and personalised experience!
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dining at Pastabella, and would definitely recommend grabbing their house-made pasta and, of course, their stunning desserts! Note that they’ll be closed for two weeks over Christmas to renovate, so there’ll be a brand new interior in the New Year!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Zomato and Pastabella.