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There's only a handful of restaurants that I would try over and over again on Lygon St (most of them feel like a tourist trap!!). Whenever I feel like a quick plate of pasta that's actually decent, Carlton Expresso is my go-to place.
My utmost favourite dish that I order most of the time would be the Pappardelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle oil. A simple pasta that isn't overly flavoursome but goes very well together. The piece of baguette also serves as a perfect companion to mop up the excess sauce! Although, compared to most pasta places, I find that they do cook their pasta until it is al-dente or slightly undercooked (which you may or may not like).
Lasagne, a nice choice if you're feeling something a bit heavier or tastier.
I think i'll continue to return to Carlton Expresso. Their pasta is consistently good!
Note: It is a cafe, so pay and order first at the counter.