PASTA E CUORE
When Stefania Ugolini’s grandmother passed on her treasured recipe books, she unwittingly did New Zealand a great favour. We now reap the benefit of decades of experience, skill and passion with handmade pasta and sauces from Ugolini’s home region of Emilia-romagna. The menu retells a longer story, including much about where Ugolini honed her considerable skills. The decor is pared back and simple, but it’s the food that speaks loudest – tantalisingly fresh pasta with expertly authentic sauces that you want to keep for yourself but demand to be shared; the likes of spaghetti with walnuts, gorgonzola and rocket, or gnocchi with a spicy chicken and porcini ragu. Wellinformed service is the norm and the wine list shows careful consideration of what works to create a perfect marriage.
409 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden, 09 630 9130, pastaecuore.co.nz Lunch Tues-sun, dinner Tuessat; mains $22-$29
Authentic pasta IN BRIEF perfection and great wine