There's nothing quite like an Italian takeaway. Whether you're eating with friends and family, or you're just home alone for the evening, Italian food always hits the spot.
If you were to line different Italian pasta dishes on a scale in terms of comfort value, a carbonara dish would probably be placed right at the top. It scores the most points because it's both filling and comforting, but never bland. With an exquisite mix of subtle flavours and a creamy base, every mouthful makes you feel serene and as if you're being looked after.
At the other end of the scale, you might find a fiery dish like pasta arrabiata, which with its spicy tomato sauce will leave your tongue tingling. Both have their place, but for now, let's focus on the most indulgent carbonara dishes we've found in Italian takeaways in Perth.
1. Mushroom & Bacon Linguine Carbonara
Often when you order a carbonara dish, you can predict the ingredients - pasta (usually spaghetti), eggs, pancetta, garlic and cream. However, the Linguine Carbonara at Cafe D Freo is slightly different. The pasta is made in-house for starters, and it's linguine rather than spaghetti. The carbonara includes bacon and mushrooms which are served in a creamy carbonara sauce. The cracked black pepper lifts the warmth and provides a little bit of a kick.
2. The Original Spaghetti Carbonara
If you're looking for an original and authentic carbonara, then the chefs at Pizza Bella Roma are ready to help. Their Spaghetti Carbonara is the real deal, with a sauce made from egg yolks, cream and parmesan, with bacon scattered liberally throughout. With a trading history that dates back to 1973, you know that the tastes and flavours you'll get at Pizza Bella Roma will make you feel you're eating in the shadow of the Colosseum itself.
3. Chicken Carbonara
In the mood for chicken, but also craving carbonara? Zameh's has the perfect solution for you with its Chicken Carbonara. You get all the satisfaction of the creamy carbonara sauce with the usual additions of bacon and cheese. On top of that, there are succulent bites of chicken and mushrooms added to the dish.
4. Carbonara Pizza
We tend to think of carbonara as being a pasta-only dish, but it can also be a pizza topping too. The Carbonara at Jamie's Italian is exactly that; a sourdough pizza that's wood-fired, topped with mozzarella, leeks, pancetta and white sauce. The pièce de résistance is a free-range egg cooked on top.
5. Gluten-Free Carbonara
For another twist on the classic carbonara, try the Carbonara cream base at Solo Pasta. In this version, there's chicken, onion, rindless bacon and generous additions of parmigiano reggiano. It's also a gluten-free option. You'll need to choose which pasta to have your carbonara with, and at Solo Pasta it's not just the shape of the pasta you're picking. They have numerous different kinds of pasta including spinach pasta and beetroot pasta!
Are you in the mood to stay in and chill on the sofa tonight? Carbonara is the perfect choice of dish to do this with, and you can order it now with Deliveroo.