Pentolina was established in May 2018 with a dream of becoming Melbourne CBD’s premier destination for fresh pasta and authentic Italian hospitality. Tucked away in a cosy laneway, we make our pasta by hand on-site every day and cook it for you in a “pentolina” – the Italian word for “little saucepan”.

Our delicious, heart-warming pasta dishes honour our chefs’ Italian heritage and training but add in generous touches of creativity and playfulness. Head chef Gabriele Olivieri’s menu showcases a range of pasta types that you know and love like pappardelle and gnocchi, and a few you probably haven’t tried like strozzapreti and spoia lorda.

Our recipe for great food is simple: find fresh, seasonal, sustainable produce and make it the star of your meal. We make it a priority to choose small, local producers like SH Wilkinson (sustainably-sourced mussels and clams from Spring Bay, Tasmania), Cheznuts (Australian-grown chestnuts), Pane e Pizzico (sourdough bread, served complimentary with every meal) and Murrundindi Olive Grove (Frattali extra virgin olive oil).

And we’re more than just pasta! Our mouth-watering menu of small bites, entrées, main courses and desserts, accompanied by our carefully-curated selection of local and Italian wines, beers and cocktails, will transport you on a virtual trip to Italy.

But most of all, Pentolina is about giving you an unforgettable dining experience. We’re a casual restaurant, but there’s nothing casual about our approach to serving our guests. Our floor staff know and understand the warmth of true Italian hospitality and love nothing better than to see you feeling relaxed and at home. For the full Pentolina experience, we recommend that you dine on our chef’s choice tasting menu with matched wines.

Through all 6 lockdowns, we’ve kept the Pentolina spirit alive with home delivery and take-home meals. We’re proud to say that thanks to our loyal customers, suppliers and staff, we’re still standing and we have every intention of being one of the lucky ones that make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.