Top Pasta Places in Wellington

Kiss Your Diet Goodbye: Wellington’s 11 Best Pasta Spots You Won’t Regret 

Why don’t we talk to pasta? Because it goes straight pasta us!

Of course, in Wellington, it’s hard to go straight past pasta places because the city has so many top-notch, er, pasta places. If you don’t believe us, we’ll prove it today.

Whether you’re a fan of the classic spaghetti bolognese or crave the creamy delight of fettuccine alfredo, Wellington’s pasta scene has something for you. Here are our top picks, along with what to order at them.

1. 1154 Pastaria

1154 Pastaria

Address: 132 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11 AM to 10 PM

Phone: +6442139981

1154 Pastaria is known for its incredible selection of handmade pasta. One dish that’s been creating waves among pasta enthusiasts is their trottole spinach and pea pesto pasta. This dish is a burst of freshness with every bite.

But if you’re someone who leans towards a richer taste, their pappardelle with creamy gorgonzola sauce and truffle oil is a must-try. This dish is an indulgent treat that will have you dreaming of Tuscan fields and Italian vineyards.

Pro Tip: Their wine selection is top-notch. So, next time you visit, make sure to ask the waiter for a wine recommendation to pair with your pasta.

2. Ombra

Ombra

Address: 199 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday & Tuesday – 4 PM to 9 PM
  • Wednesday & Thursday – 12 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 12 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 9:30 PM

Phone: +6443853229

Now, if you’re looking to explore beyond the city centre, we’ve got just the place for you: Ombra. Their tagliatelle bongusto pasta with leek sauce and fresh peas is delicious. Oh boy, it’s a creamy dream.

If you’re a fan of spaghetti, though, their creamy asparagus version is for you. The asparagus adds a lovely crunch and fresh flavour that perfectly balances the creamy sauce.

Pro Tip: Don’t miss out on their bruschetta with goat cheese. Pair it with a glass of red wine, and you’ve got yourself a night to remember.

3. Cicio Cacio Osteria

Cicio Cacio Osteria

Address: behind Moon Bar 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 5:30 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6442101404

Cicio Cacio Osteria is revered for its handrolled pasta, and rightfully so. 

Get their hand-rolled pasta with Tuscan kale sauce. The pasta is handcrafted with a tonne of love and care, and the Tuscan kale sauce? Absolutely phenomenal.

If you’re a gnocchi fan, their gnocchi with artichokes cream is not to be missed. The gnocchi is delicate, and the artichoke cream is smooth and creamy—it’s a match made in heaven!

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to dine with the kiddos, head to Cicio Cacio Osteria between 5 PM and 6 PM. Kids eat free during this hour. It’s a win-win situation—the kids get to feast on some authentic Italian pasta, and you get to save some dollars!

4. La Bella Italia

La Bella Italia

Address: 10 Nevis Street, Petone, Wellington 5012, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday – 9 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Thursday & Friday – 8:30 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6445669303

La Bella Italia is a must-visit for all you pasta lovers out there. You have to get the ravioli at La Bella Italia. Handmade with plenty of fillings, you’ll be eating bowls of it.

Pro Tip: At La Bella Italia, there’s a certain tradition called Antonio’s no menu table. All you have to do is sit back and let the chefs create a meal just for your table.

5. Bongusto

Bongusto

Address: 37 Miramar Avenue, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Saturday & Tuesday to Thursday – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Friday – 8:30 AM to 8 PM

Phone: +6443882138

Bongusto whips up the freshest ravioli packed with spinach or ricotta, and the best part? No preservatives. 

And for dessert, they make a mean cannelloni that’ll have you thinking you’ve been transported straight to Italy!

Pro Tip: While you’re there, treat yourself to a glass of their Toscano Cabernet. It’s the perfect match for their ravioli.

6. Nicolini’s

Nicolini’s

Address: 9 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 5 PM to 9:30 PM

Phone: +6448024442

Now, if we’re talking primo pasta places, Niccolini’s simply can’t be left off the list. This spot is an absolute gem, dishing up some of the best Italian cuisine on this side of the Tasman Sea.

Their lasagne al ragu bolognese is a total game changer, and the risotto funghi is a bloomin’ flavour explosion.

Pro Tip: While you might be tempted to get their meat or fish pastas for takeout, you’re going to have to dine in for those ones because you can’t take them out. Besides, some things just taste better straight from the kitchen.

7. Cin Cin

Cin Cin

Address: 128 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Wednesday to Friday – 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Wednesday to Monday – 5 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6443852462

Next up on our pasta hit list is Cin Cin. If you’re a seafood fan, you’ve got to try their seafood linguine. It’s chock-full of fresh, local kai moana, and the flavours are just out of this world.

And don’t even get us started on their spinaci conchiglioni—it’s a spinach and ricotta-filled pasta shell that’s cooked to perfection.

Pro Tip: You might not think to order a calzone when you’re at a pasta joint, but trust us on this one—theirs are some of the best in town. Freshly baked, loaded with filling, and just the perfect amount of crispy.

8. Fratelli

Fratelli

Address: 15 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Saturday – 5:30 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6448016615

Fratelli serves up some top-notch pasta. Their gnocchi di patate is a must-try. These potato pillows will melt in your mouth. And their pappardelle au ragu is so good it’s almost criminal.

Pro Tip: While their pasta is to die for, you’ve got to save room for dessert. Their pistachio gelato cassata is amazing. Once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back.

9. Napoli

Napoli

Address: 1 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Sunday & Tuesday to Thursday – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 5 PM to 10:30 PM

Phone: +6448025908

Just when you think you’ve had your fill of Welly’s pasta scene, there’s always Napoli to blow your mind. Their conchiglia verdura is a veggie lover’s dream. 

And if you’re a seafood fan, their pasta di mare may be just right for you.

Pro Tip: Make sure you save room for their vegan dolce della casa.

10. Nolita

Nolita

Address: 203 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 12 PM to 10 PM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 9 PM

Phone: +6442137874

Nolita is a plant-based pasteria, but it’s just as delicious as the other pasta places on this list. Their puttanesca is a total winner, packed with rich, robust flavours that’ll have you questioning whether it’s really vegan. 

And the rigatoni broccoli? Scrumptious.

Pro Tip: Save room for their banoffee calzone. This dessert calzone is too good not to have.

11. MariLuca Ristoro

MariLuca Ristoro

Address: 55 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 11:30 AM to 2 PM & 5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday – 5:30 PM to 9 PM

Phone: +6444995590

MariLuca Ristoro’s pasta dishes are top-notch, but the one that really takes the cake is their agnolotti alla piemontese. This dish is a flavour-packed pasta parcel extravaganza with a rich, meaty filling that’s just to die for.

Pro Tip: Don’t leave without trying their torta di arancia. This orange cake is delicious. It’s light, it’s citrusy, and it’s got just the right amount of sweetness—it’s a little slice of Italy right here in Welly.