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The Pasta Merchant

248b Charles St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
+61 3 6334 7077
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible11%
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“gelato” (25 reviews)
“pasta” (59 reviews)
“ice cream” (8 reviews)
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
248b Charles St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Firstly Italian cooking is not done in a microwave! Perhaps before opening a restaurant one should look up how to cook fresh pasta on google or YouTube. Dining in is $4 extra per person as it requires an in-prepared 2 minutes in the microwave as...More

Thank Getbetterorgetout
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

What a miserable anonymous person you are. Yes we use microwaves, the difference between our business and many others is that we don’t hide them. They allow us to have our freshly made pasta and sauces ready for our (mostly take-away) customers in 2-3 minutes...More

Reviewed 19 May 2018

finished late, decided to eat out. Arrived an hour before close and were informed we had 1/2 an hour to eat in? Nice meal, but a bit rushedMore

Thank shirl1511
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

Hi Shirl, there appears to have been a misunderstanding as what you were told is that we stop doing eat-in meals at 8.30. If you arrive an hour before close you still have an hour to have your meal. I’m glad that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Looking for something fresh and tasty to take home, we found this little gem top end of Charles St just down from the hospital. Great classic and gourmet choices on the menu, we decided on beef lasagne and chicken Modena. Both dishes were really tasty,...More

Thank JannieLou
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thanks for the great feedback JannieLou, we’re glad you enjoyed your meal.

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We got some take away pasta to cook at home. The pasta took as long as dried pasta does from the shop and even still we were left with a gluggy pot of water with pasta that was still chewy on the inside. Very disappointing...More

Thank Vannessa F
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

What a disappointing result Vanessa! What I CAN guarantee you is that if you had cooked your fresh pasta in lots of salted boiling water, loosening up the bundles of pasta before dropping them into the water and then given it a quick stir to...More

Reviewed 27 April 2018

The gnocchi, pumpkin ravioli and spinach and ricotta ravioli are a few of my favourites but the lasagne and carbonara are excellent too. The service is always quick and friendly and it's become our usual Friday night take-away when in Launceston. We need a Pasta...More

Thank Simone W
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thanks for the great feedback Simone.

Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Pasta Merchant has been a place that my family and I visit very often. We love the carbonara and calabrese. Today, I went in, it was not busy although it was lunchtime. There were three people seated already eating and only me at the takeaway...More

Thank Suzy M
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

We have responded to this review on Fb where Suzy also left a 1* Review, and we have spoken to the family to express our sympathy and our regret for the way this was handled by our manager. I think it is also important to...More

Reviewed 23 January 2018

Went for a late summer evening meal at 8pm and was told we would have to have take away as they were stopping doing table service. Pasta sauce scooped onto pre-prepared plastic containers of cooked pasta and into the microwave. The food was good as...More

Thank salmonupstream
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

I’m glad you enjoyed your meals. We are predominately a take-away business and stop serving eat-in meals after 8.30pm as we close at 9. We continue to serve take-away meals until 8.45 or until close if required but generally it is very quiet for the...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018

Service was good, everything prepared quickly but food itself was a let down. Purchased four dishes but barely ate two. Carbonara was nice but bacon/ ham pieces were as tough as nails. Spoilt the whole dish even though we tried to pick out the small...More

Thank travellingal02
mamurchis, Owner at The Pasta Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Our pasta is made daily as are our lasagnes, and we roast our chickens daily also. You have sampled 3 of our crowd favourites and been disappointed, we are obviously not the right eatery for you but I can assure you everything you tried was...More

Reviewed 9 January 2018

We came here because of good reviews from Trip Advisor - but what a disappointment it turned out to be! The first surprise was a hefty 40% surcharge for eating in, which means that the price is no longer all that reasonable. The second surprise...More

Thank darrell2018
Reviewed 27 November 2017

1. Food is MICROWAVED right in front of you. Irrespective of whether the pasta is freshly made, microwaving makes it greasy, exceedingly hot and it certainly does not taste fresh. 2. Pasta is chewy. 3. Sauce is bland and greasy. 4. Even though it is...More

Thank Michael C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 248b Charles St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Launceston
  • Phone Number: +61 3 6334 7077
Our pasta and sauces are made fresh daily - our aim is delicious, healthy, affordable 'fast food'. All our meals are available to eat in, take away (hot to go) or heat at home at your convenience. We also make in store our own range of gelato - Go Go Gelato, included by Jill Dupleix in her 'The Best Gelato in Australia' list.
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