loti eats | pastaio

Pastaio, the pasta-focused joint from Stevie Parle, has been open since the end of last year but now that warmer weather has returned, they’ve managed to add outside seating and open up the whole frontage of the restaurant. It’s already a pretty buzzy place (as you’d expect from somewhere slap bang in the middle of Carnaby) with an open kitchen at one end, a large wall mural at the other and rows of communal terrazzo tables across the middle – think upmarket canteen vibes.

With Rotorino and Palatino also on his books it’s clear that Stevie Parle knows what Italian food is all about and he’s nailed it here at Pastaio too. The dishes are simple and comforting, prepared with good ingredients by chefs that know how to treat them well. There’s a short selection of antipasti – we went for the watermelon, feta, chilli and mint salad, which was a real burst of summer and creamy burrata dressed with olive oil, chilli and oregano – and almost the same amount of pasta dishes on the menu.

The pasta is made in-house and as the head chef is from Rome there are a few regional specialities to choose from, like the cacio e pepe, which is an absolute must for all the cheese fiends out there. The wild boar, rabbit and pork angoli was our winner though, the parcels were generously packed with rich shredded meat and drenched in a sage butter sauce. DELISH. Puds follow the same simple formula with classics like tiramisu and cannoli on the menu but if you’re anything like us, meaning you go hard on the pasta, you’ll need a scoop of sorbet or ice cream to finish things off.

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Pastaio is that winning combo of great food at wallet friendly prices, and anywhere that serves prosecco slushies gets the thumbs up from us.

19 Ganton St, London W1F 9BN