Everything that is beautiful comes from the heart.
Food…. is beautiful. It is a shared experience. It is a passion, a necessity, a pleasure. A moment in time, a memory trapped in your mind, a feeling of belonging, or of the exotic. It can be a journey, a desire, an awakening. There is so much that is food and so much that food is that in order to give yourself into such an experience a certain trust must be provided.
For more than four decades Da Guido La Pasta has carried that trust.
“To invite people to dine with us is to make ourselves responsible for their well-being for as long as they are under our roofs.”Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
That is the motto of Da Guido La Pasta, and that is why we think that Da Guido La Pasta is a true dining experience.
The pasta that Da Guido makes is, as you would guess, made from scratch. Using prime Italian ingredients as well as local Australian products, the Italian trained chefs at Da Guido understand the delicate nature of true pasta. There is great care to ensure that a certain Venetian quality marks every dish.
With decades of experience underneath their Toque’s, the menu is designed with traditions in mind and served within a classical dining setting.
The restaurant itself is modern and quaint. White, open brick walls line one side. Selected tables run along with it. Wines meticulously are shelved above. This gives the space an intimacy that is juxtaposed by the open kitchen opposite the seating. The aromas of Italian fare enrich the experience while the knowledgeable and attentive staff make their rounds and inform the patrons of their culinary journey.
The menu is filled with Italian favourites. Antipasta go-to’s such as Insalata di Calamari is delicious. A warm calamari salad spiced with fresh chilli and sprinkled parsley infused with garlic is a great pairing for red wine. Their selection of cured meats with crunchy bread on the side is a perfect start to a meal to be shared.
But it is most likely that the pasta is why you are here, no?
Maccheroni with fresh salmon, cream and black pepper, Ricotta and spinach cannelloni with bechamel, tomato sauce and parmesan, Spaghetti with sea scallops, prawns and flathead, a classic Tagliatelle with lean meat beef ragu. Tender when needed, rich in flavour, and most likely not to be shared but hoarded all to oneself.
You will struggle not to find a good Italian restaurant on Lygon Street. Little Italy for a reason, is lined with them, and each has their good and their bad, their great and their okay. But with Da Guido La Pasta there is something more. Walking in you feel like the restaurant is asking you something. It is asking you to trust it, to close your eyes and take a leap of faith and know that in the end, they will give you a beautiful thing.
130 Lygon Street Carlton, Melbourne – 3053 VIC
(+61) 03 8528 4547
Monday – Friday: 6 pm – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm