If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would hands down be pasta.
Why not try a pasta bar appropriately called Sauced?
Upon entry, my nose was filled with the aromas of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves, and my ears were given a little bit of a shock with the indie pop music that was being blared over the sound system. Like the name suggests, Sauced specalises primarily in pasta dishes, but serve some sides as well. Prices ranged from $15-$25 for pasta dishes and $5-$9 for sides.
This place is not your traditional, home-style Italian restaurant. Nonna is definitely not out the back making pasta by hand. The interior was similar to that of a hipster, warehouse inspired cafe, with wooden chairs and tables, and a bar attached to the counter. It would roughly fit 50 people at maximum capacity.
After perusing the menu, I decided on Osso Buco filled Ravioli in Amatriciana sauce.
After a short wait of 10 minutes, steaming hot ravioli pillows covered in a vibrant, red tomato sauce and pieces of pancetta greeted me, garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves. There was also a slice of toasted bread to help mop up the leftover sauce. Let’s say that I left feeling extremely satisfied.
The fact that I was eating at a trendy pasta bar and not restaurant is indicative of how pasta is engrained into the Australian diet. As a city where multiculturalism is generally promoted, Melbourne certainly caters for a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, and makes them easily accesssible to its people. Having lived here, I am more inclined to try foreign dishes and be more accepting of new cultures.
So, why don’t you go get sauced? Locations here.