While we're all advised to have a balanced diet and eat everything in moderation, there are times when you need or just plain want to carb-load. For instance, if you're taking part in an endurance sports event or even just going for a full-on session at the gym, a carb-rich meal can provide you with slow release energy. Carbs lead to increased stored glucose in the muscles, which can kick in when you need it during a workout.
Even if you're not planning on a 10k run or anything, there are also times when your body just craves certain foods like pasta. It can be a great comfort food, for example, if you've had a stressful day at work and you just want to kick back and relax in the evening.
So, for those times when you're craving a dose of carbs, check out our top picks for the best pasta dishes in Melbourne.
1. Penne Arrabbiata
The Penne Arrabbiata is a pasta dish that features on many Italian menus and its popularity extends around the globe. Every restaurant has a way of making this traditional pasta sauce their own. At La Spaghettata, it's made with eggplant and peas, as well as the classic spicy tomato sauce. Melted mozzarella raises the bar on this well-loved dish.
2. Basil Pesto di Genovese
Our Pesto di Genovese - the flavour of Italy's northern mountain region. Starts with our basil pesto, mixed through with a dash of creme fraiche, paired with our house made, fresh rigatoni - perfect for capturing the creamy sauce - and top with our Grana Padano Parmesan. My Fricken Delicious Friday Tip - Add grilled chicken breast. #thankmelater
Sometimes you want a pasta sauce that's subtle yet powerfully flavoured and that's exactly what you get with Basil Pesto di Genovese. Made with a mix of pine nuts, pecorino cheese, garlic, and basil, in recent years, this has become a go-to option for mums to feed their kids with around the globe. However, the jarred stuff we all use at home pales in comparison with house-made pesto from an eatery like Etto, where the pesto also has a swirl of creme fraiche added in.
3. Pasta Calabrese
Calabrian cuisine is known for its heavy use of tomatoes, olives, and spicy foods such as hot salami, so the pasta sauces from the region often have a spicy undertone. Like an arrabbiata sauce, this dish sometimes also includes chilli but, sometimes, the heat of the hot salami is all that's required to give the dish its piquancy. That's what you get with the Pasta Calabrese from Terminal 45. Its ingredients include red pepper, hot salami, black olives, onions, and Napoli tomato sauce.
Maybe more than any other pasta dish, lasagne says "carb and comfort food". There's nothing like a plate of beautifully cooked lasagne to make everything in the world seem good! We recommend the Lasagne from Primo; made with 12-hour pulled beef and a creamy bechamel sauce. As a bonus, it comes with focaccia that's baked in-house, increasing the carb-hit that bit further!
These are just a select few of the amazing pasta dishes Melbourne's Italian eateries have on offer. Take a browse through Deliveroo's selections in your neighbourhood and order your favourite to be brought to your door.