Tradition becomes modern: 1154 Pastaria

Named one of Cuisine Magazine's top 100 restaurants, pasta pioneers 1154 continues to merge modern with traditional


Cuba precinct


132 Cuba Street
Te Aro


04 213 9981


The concept is simple: fresh handmade pasta topped with classic Italian sauces to order. There are gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. It's fast, fresh, fun and incredibly popular.

Alongside the pasta, there's a small selection of sides: freshly made rosemary rolls, rocket salad, olives, and if you've got room, the flourless chocolate cake is dessert perfection. To wash it down, try a glass of organic wine, craft beer or a house-made soda.

Hospo history

Located on the corner of Cuba and Ghuznee, 132 Cuba Street has quite the history. Long-time Wellingtonians might remember it as Ernesto’s, Krazy Lounge, or even earlier still - Krazy Rick’s. For a long time, the space sat empty until it was earthquake strengthened.

Now home to Wellington's favourite pastaria run by Chef Lucas, who sticks to a small selection of Italian classics done well. The pappardelle alla Bolognese is made just the way they do it in Bologna, with a richer, less tomato-heavy sauce than we might be used to. The popular fettuccine carbonara is also true to its roots, with one small Kiwi twist: the not-quite-orthodox inclusion of cream.

A different way to dine

There's a smattering of individual tables, but most diners will end up sitting at the enormous long table in the middle of the room, rubbing shoulders with strangers who may become friends by the end of the night.

If you're in for a quick solo meal, park yourself at one of the window seats for the best people-watching in town. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in glorious natural light and give you a panorama view of the comings and goings at the busy intersection of Cuba and Ghuznee.

The name '1154' is a nod to history; the first known written reference to pasta is from the year 1154

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