Some days you just need a big bowl of carbs to get through the chilly weather. I had a hot tip that Jamie’s Italian does a weekday pasta special at lunchtime, so with the days getting colder I wasted no time making my way into Civic.
The pasta special is $15, but there’s no choice in the pasta – they basically have one pasta of the day. The pasta offered to me was a spaghetti with garlic, chilli, olive oil and some fresh parsley.
My first thought was that the serving size wasn’t huge. It looked like an entree size and given that other pastas on the menu that have more ingredients are around $12-13 for entree size it seemed like a slight rip off. At Jamie’s they do grate fresh parmesan for you though which is an improvement on some other restaurants that offer packet parmesan in a bowl.
The pasta had a good flavour to it, there was a lot of garlic in it (but not a gross amount), and a lot of chilli so it had a very decent kick to it. However, it was pretty watery. There was literally a puddle of liquid in my bowl and it kind of felt like I was eating fancy two minute noodles.
I like Jamie’s Italian but I think I drew the short straw on this pasta of the day. There just wasn’t that much to it. I can’t judge the other days because I haven’t experienced them, but if they do a fuller pasta I think $15 would be a total bargain.
What: Jamie’s Italian
Where: 125 Bunda Street, Civic (downstairs from Dendy Cinemas, near Fitness First)
Opening hours: 12.00pm-9.00pm (Sunday-Wednesday) 12.00pm-10.00pm (Thursday-Saturday)