Etto Italian Street Pasta, South Melbourne, Melbourne
I’ve had a mix of experiences with Etto across Melbourne, with the South Melbourne one being my usual go to due to proximity to my now former office. The menu is mostly pasta, wholly customisable, as well as other Italian treats and sides.
The Etto chain is all about freshly made pasta, with a choice of mix-ins and sauces. They have quite a few stores all across the land, and it’s a reliable option for some street food-style pasta. Even though it’s all cooked to order it arrives with reasonable haste. The only real downside is that the price adds up once you get a few toppings here and there.
I was quite a fan of the carbonara from my first visit – perfectly creamy, cheesy, the right treat for a cold afternoon in. A carbonara is a relatively simple dish and it’s done well. You definitely do feels the carbs somewhat afterwards. The little boxes belie how filling these meals are. It ends up making you feel just the tad bloated – that combination of creamy sauces and pasta.
My last visit to Etto South Melbourne I picked up the Black truffle and Salami ($19) which I wasn’t quite as enamoured with. The pasta wasn’t fully hot on this occasion and the butter was a bit of a pool. Much too splashy for my liking, so gotta watch out for the shirt. Everything about the dish was likeable. The pasta is indeed fresh and tasty, and there’s enough truffle notes to keep me happy.
The extra chicken was worth it and it was a more than filling lunch fix with it in the mix. Also, for whatever reason Etto South Melbourne seem perpetually out of the gnocchi option, which makes me sad. The ravioli and other pastas do the trick though. A decent option for a lunch in a hurry.