THE SEARCH FOR PERTH’S BEST
WHERE: Pasta Cup, North Perth
WHAT: 3 Cheese Ravioli Carbonara (Sml) + Garlic Bread
I don’t know what you have to do to win a Nobel Prize these days, but the person who thought of combining homemade pasta with Styrofoam cups as a takeaway food item deserves one - genius.
For starters, it ticks a lot of boxes: a significant serving of carbs makes for a satisfying meal (even at the smallest size), it tastes incredibly indulgent but isn’t THAT bad for you and it’s affordable.
Pasta Cup has been built from the ground up on a franchise model, I suppose with the intention of little Pasta Cups popping up all over the country.
And as you’d expect from such a business, the whole thing works on a fairly rigid template; you pick from one of 15 or so pasta varieties (from penne to squid ink linguine), 20 odd sauces and a range of five sizes.
No alarms and no surprises, right?
Thing is, there is a surprise - how good it actually tastes.
Stodgy, sure, but for pasta in a cup made in less than 10 minutes, my 3 cheese ravioli carbonara was considerably better than many similar dishes I’ve had in Italian restaurants around town.
So good that this is the sort of dish that can really scratch an itch, if you know what I mean.
Two words of warning: 1) Experiment with pasta/sauce combos until you get one you love; 2) Let it sit awhile, the pasta comes out hotter than lava.
The garlic bread, meanwhile, came in a generous serving of three slices and was nigh on perfect - it always amazes me when the pros can’t get this simple accompaniment right.
Now, I’m well aware that 3 cheese ravioli (one was ricotta, I guess) swimming in a heavy, creamy and rather non-traditional version of a carbonara sauce is not for the faint-hearted.
Lucky Pasta Cup offers tomato-based sauces with roasted vegies for all you pussies out there.
Even luckier, there are five of them around Perth with another five on the way. Fuck it, might as well just get a franchise myself. Mmmm, Pasta Cup franchise…
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