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Etto Pasta Bar, Malvern

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Published July 30th 2016
The Subway of pasta
Etto Pasta Bar in Malvern is a trendy Italian-inspired casual restaurant. They are the Subway of pasta: you choose your own sauce, pasta type, and any toppings you may want.

With eleven choices of sauce, from a mild three cheese sauce to an exquisite truffle and salami sauce, there are options for all cravings. There are eight pasta choices available, opt for a traditional spaghetti, or be adventurous with ravioli or gnocchi. A selection of toppings makes your pasta more personal. Options include roasted mushrooms, ricotta, salami and tuna. Each topping incurs an extra cost, so don't treat it like a pizza and order 'the lot' unless your wallet is up for the challenge.

I ordered the basil pesto sauce on rigatoni pasta, with added chicken breast pieces and parmesan cheese. This cost $17 (the chicken was an additional $3 on the base price of $14).

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Pesto rigatoni from Etto Pasta Bar in Malvern.


The sauce was deliciously creamy, and the pasta cooked to perfection. Etto Pasta Bar may not be the most upscale Italian eatery, but they do make a mean pasta.

A side of parmesan chips was a delicious addition to the comfort food dream of a meal, though they hardly got eaten due to the serving size of the pasta.

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A side of parmesan chips from Etto Pasta Bar. $7.


In order to get the most out of your Etto pasta experience, go on an a very empty stomach. To say that their serving sizes are huge would be an understatement.

As a casual dining venue, Etto lacks the cosy atmosphere that characterises most Italian restaurants. The interior is very on-trend with Scandinavian styling, with bench seating as well as a few cafe tables for a slightly more intimate dining experience.

A cornucopia of comfort food, Etto is worth a visit for all pasta enthusiasts.
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Why? For a build-your-own pasta that satisfies.
When: 12pm to 9pm Sunday - Thursday, 12pm - 9:30pm Friday - Saturday
Phone: 9500 9886
Website: etto.com.au
Where: 216 Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144.
Cost: From $12 per pasta.
Your Comment
That's a lot of different sauces. I like that you can choose which sauce to have with the dish, rather than it being set.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 866 days ago
'the Subway of pasta' - great description Natasha.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4059) 867 days ago
What a great idea - love pasta!
by Elaine (score: 3|5717) 868 days ago
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