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Fast, fresh, accessible pasta

Pasta lovers rejoice! Melbourne’s new shrine to pasta, Pentolina, has arrived in the heart of the CBD. Pasta courses through the veins of co-owners Matt and Julia Picone who cannot wait to share their love of simple, homestyle pasta with you. From fresh and light, to creamy and comforting, there is a pasta dish to suit everyone (even vegans) for lunch and dinner. Pentolina - meaning “little saucepan” in Italian - pays homage to the Picones’ family history and flair for authentic homestyle Italian cooking, inspired by what Matt’s dad taught him to cook in little saucepans. Naturally, our pasta will be made fresh in house. We cannot wait to welcome you into our family where pasta is our religion!

media links


“A Moveable Feast”: Pentolina had an amazing opportunity to share our story with Ross and Kate on Channel 7’s “A Moveable Feast” on 18 November 2018. Click here to watch the episode on 7plus. Our story begins at the 7-minute mark!


Foodie Tuesday”: Matt and Julia dropped by the ABC studios on 20 November 2018 to chat with Raf Epstein about the story behind Pentolina, and what Matt learned from the late Sisto Malaspina while working as a Pellegrini’s barista for 20 years. They debate the merits of fresh versus dried pasta and Matt shares a “Christmas-y” recipe: “Casarecce Pentolina”, a simple and scrumptious seafood pasta dish. Click here to listen to the interview and click here to read the recipe.

online features

Broadsheet: A Welcoming, Family Run Trattoria in the City, 26 July 2018

The Age Good Food: Pentolina brings Pugliese-style pasta to Little Collins Street, 2 July 2018

Broadsheet: Eight to Try: Melbourne’s Best New Italian, 14 September 2018

The Urban List: Pentolina, June 2018

Concrete Playground: Pentolina is the CBD’s new dietary requirement-friendly pasta joint, 18 June 2018

Vogue: 19 Australian bars worth visiting for their design, 31 August 2018

Onya Magazine: New Melbourne Pasta Bar Pentolina Is a Father-Son Dream Come True, 4 September 2018

Yellow Trace: Pentolina Italian restaurant & bar in Melbourne’s CBD by Biasol, 11 July 2018 A self-proclaimed 'shrine to pasta', Melbourne's Pentolina is the result of an Australian-Italian heritage that dates back to the 1960s..., 12 November 2018

online reviews

Weekend Notes, 9 November 2018

OnlyMelbourne, October 2018

The City Lane, 1 October 2018

Eat Drink Play, 4 August 2018

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