Best pasta restaurants in Amsterdam
Although Amsterdam is bursting with Italian restaurants, true pasta buffs know you won't get a good plate of freshly made ravioli, linguine or pappardelle just anywhere. Whether it's a romantic dinner, a family outing or a dinner with friends, these are the restaurants to head to if you want exceptional pasta.
Spaghetteria serves up heaped plates of no-fuss pasta from their eight locations across the city - a testament to this budget-friendly pasta bar’s popularity. The pasta is prepared according to time-tested Italian recipes with an emphasis on organic flour and you can choose from six traditional pasta dishes - three of which change daily - on the menu, but be sure to save room for their tiramisu.
Spaghetteria Amsterdam | Gerard Callenburgstraat 1, Bos en Lommer / Jan Hanzenstraat 32, Oud-West / Javaplein 7, Oost / Olympiaplein 176, Oud-Zuid / Amstel 80, Centrum / Kuipersstraat 60, De Pijp / Daniël Stalpertstraat 93, De Pijp / Van Woustraat 123, De Pijp
Ciro Passami L'Olio
Just a stone's throw from Vondelpark, a little piece of Italy is hidden at Ciro Passami L'Olio - a cosy restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Italian cuisine every day. In addition to the daily specials, choose from five homemade pasta dishes, including linguine alle vongole and tagliatelle al tartufo. When the weather is good, we recommend dining on the terrace, while enjoying a glass of carefully selected Italian wine.
Eddy’s feeds the Italian-craving souls of Transvaalbuurt in Oost seven days a week with delicious plates of pasta and more. Think ravioli filled with goat cheese, walnut and fig and spaghetti loaded with meatballs or shellfish. Round all this off with a delicious sgroppino (lemon sorbet with prosecco and vodka), a delicious espresso martini or a gin and tonic from the bar.
Pure, honest and simple homemade pasta dishes are central to Toscanini in the Jordaan. Open from Monday to Saturday, the restaurant has a large, bright dining room with a view of the kitchen. While the menu changes regularly, you can also pick from the Menu della Cucina: a six-course tasting menu for the whole table. If you fancy a culinary challenge, the Toscanini Deli sells boxes of fresh pasta and other fine Italian ingredients to try recreating dishes at home.
Located on Herengracht, near Utrechtsestraat, Ponte Arcari is a small Italian restaurant which is nearly always full. From the tiny kitchen, classic Italian food, like carpaccio, vongole, vitello tonnato, tiramisu, comes out in generous portions and, all of which are reasonably priced. With customers seated elbow-to-elbow, the service straddles that perfect middle ground between chaotic and lively, giving this cosy pasta joint that authentic Italian atmosphere.
The name says it all at Holy Ravioli in Oud-West, where pasta-eating is transformed into a reverential affair. Ravioli stuffed with a variety of fillings is prepared fresh here daily, allowing customers to choose from no less than 15 (!) different types. While this contemporary diner has limited seating, you can also pick up ravioli and other hot or frozen pasta dishes to reheat at home whenever you want.
The kitchen at Bussia prepares Italian food at its most refined. Housed in a glass-fronted building in the bustling Nine Streets neighbourhood, the menu changes weekly where, in addition to the à la carte offerings, you can enjoy the popular four, five, six or seven-course tasting menu, including fettuccine with langoustines. The service, elegant interior and culinary heights visit this restaurant a real treat.
This well-loved eatery stands for the best of Italy: great food and warm hospitality. Commence your culinary journey with a plate of colourful antipasti or mouth-watering burrata, then delve into their traditional menu encompassing fresh pasta delights like salmon tagliatelle or a bubbling lasagne. Inside, the atmosphere is laid back and welcoming; you can tell that over the years, the restaurant has witnessed countless wedding proposals, birthdays and family get-togethers.
A mainstay of the westernmost edge of the Overtoom – one of Amsterdam's longest streets – Gustatio's is worth the pilgrimage if you're a pasta lover. This is the spot if it's fresh pasta you're after, with an entire half of the menu dedicated to dishes made exclusively with fresh spaghetti, tagliatelle and ravioli, to name a few. The best part, however, is that you can pair any dish with homemade pasta. So take in the cosy fairy-lit interior while you tuck into the richest Amatriciana you've indulged in or our pick of the bunch, Bigoli alla Mare, a seafood pasta that brings on the savoury, salty and umami flavours of the sea.