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PASTA NOSTRA

122 Old Street, London EC1V 9BD, UK
Old Street Old Street

This laid back pasta place has a fairly simple menu serving only pasta and a handful of snacks. The pasta, however, is anything but basic with interesting flavour combos and serves. The tortello carbonara is their spin on a classic carbonara only it’s presented as pasta parcels filled with percorino, crispy cured pork cheek and zabaione, so each one is an explosion of flavour. The homemade cannolo is worth staying around for too!

BANCONE

Bancone, William IV Street, London, UK
Charing Cross

Bancone is one of the best places to get fresh pasta in London, and considering it’s in central London, prices aren’t too bad either. Padella may have kicked off the trend, but Bancone is right up there in terms of quality and also takes reservations, meaning no waiting in line like at Padella. Bancone’s head chef Louis Korovilas worked at Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli for five years so it’s no surprise that the dishes such as silk handkerchiefs covered in walnut butter and an egg yolk; the cacio e pepe; and the ravioli filled with beef shin ‘ossobuco’ and covered in saffron butter are all knock-out good.

PADELLA

6 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TQ
London Bridge London Bridge

Padella serves up hand rolled pasta dishes in Borough Market and has had queues down the street since the day it opened. Our fave dish is the pappardelle with 8-hour Dexter beef shin ragu – rich tomato sauce, super soft beef shin and fresh pasta…mamma mia. It’s great value grub made with love, and defo worth a visit.

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EMILIA'S CRAFTED PASTA

77 Alie St, Whitechapel, London E1 8NH, UK
Aldgate East

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta has recently opened up its doors in Aldgate. This is their second London site to open and follows in the footsteps of the original restaurant in St Katharine Docks by showcasing the best of Italian food, including making all the pasta in-house. We recommend starting with the burrata, which is served with warm ciabatta and lashings of extra virgin oil, followed by the salmon carbonara, a delish twist on the classic. Top food paired with a relaxed atmosphere makes Emilia’s the ideal place to get your pasta fix.

OFFICINA 00

152 Old Street, London EC1V 9BW, UK
Old Street Old Street

Workshop and restaurant Officina 00 run by Elia Sebregondi (formerly of Bone Daddies and Kiln) and Enzo Mirto (formerly of Ella Canta), is industrially styled, with a green-tiled open kitchen and counter on one side, a white-tiled pasta making station on the other and wooden tables in the middle. The menu roams around regions of Italy when it comes to the shape of the pasta but the kitchen puts its own twist on the sauces. The spaghetti with datterini tomatoes and basil is a great version of a classic, and the cappellacci with zucchini, mint and zucchini flowers is another excellent veggie option, especially for courgette fans, as the stuffed parcels come sat on a courgette puree. The linguine with egg yolk, lemon and clams iss the restaurant’s version of a carbonara, swapping the pancetta for shellfish, and we also love the corzetti (small discs of pasta, a new shape to us) mixed into a creamy sauce of wild mushroom, fennel sausage and parsley.

BERTO PASTA

155 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX, UK
Holloway Road

Located on Holloway Road, newly opened pasta restaurant Berto is the latest site from pizzeria Zia Lucia, which is right next door. The restaurant serves a selection of fresh pasta which is made on site daily. Dishes include Gnocchi with nduja and melted stracciatella, and wholewheat fettuccine with zuchini and tomatoes, all served in traditional yet very Instagrammable crockery. The pasta at Berto is not only fres and tasty but won’t do damage to your bank account either, with big portions ranging from £8-13 – buon appetito!

CIRCOLO POPOLARE

40-41 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1HX, UK
Tottenham Court Road

If you like your restaurants OTT then you won’t find anywhere better than Circolo Popolare. The second London restaurant from the Big Mamma group, after the equally extra Gloria, is massive and every inch of the interiors are decked out, from thousands of spirit bottles lining the walls to ceilings covered in plants. As you’d expect, nothing is subtle here and that includes the food – carbonara is served tableside inside a giant wheel of cheese, there are sharing size giant open lasagne and the mushroom pasta comes blanketed in truffles and a rich mascarpone sauce.

LINA STORES

51 Greek St, London W1D 4EH, UK
Tottenham Court Road

Lina Stores, which has been supplying Londoners with the best Italian ingredients for over 75 years, is a Soho institution, and now it has a pasta restaurant on Greek Street just around the corner from the Brewer Street deli. The restaurant has the same mint green exterior, with counter dining on the ground floor and tables in the basement. Pasta is the star of the show here – it’s all handmade daily in the deli, just like it has been since 1944, and head chef Masha Rener has created a menu that features Lina Stores classics as well as regional Italian specialities. The pici with porcini and Umbrian sausage is a standout with the gnocchi with new season peas and salted ricotta running it a close second though. Thankfully the portion sizes allow for you to try a few and, yes, you will be wanting all of them.

AL DENTE

51 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1TG, UK
Goodge Street

In the heart of Fitzrovia, you will find a rather understated eatery named Al Dente, which also happens to be a pasta lab and wine shop. Known in Italy as pastifici, these are places where fresh pasta is made daily and it’s where you can get a quick, fresh meal as well as buy ingredients to use at home. All the pasta,including thetonnarelli cacio e pepe with pecorino, parmesan and black pepper; spaghettoni alla carbonara and paccheri al ragù with minced beef and tomato sauce us super fresh. Small, cosy and perfect for a quick bite (or takeaway) Al Dente is super tasty and very affordable, with their most expensive dish rocking in at £8.95.

PASTAIO

19 Ganton St, London W1F 9BN, UK
Oxford Circus

With 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. 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 is alsoa winner though, the parcels are generously packed with rich shredded meat and drenched in a sage butter sauce. DELISH.

FLOUR & GRAPE

214 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ, United Kingdom
Borough Bermondsey

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If you want your pasta fast-a and can’t wait in the queue for Padella, say hello to Flour & Grape, located not too far away on Bermondsey Street. Yhere’s only eight pasta dishes on offer and a handful of starters and desserts, with everything coming in at a tenner or under. The tortelloni packed with roast pork shoulder and sage butter kicks ass and there’s also a decent pappardelle with beef shin and a cacio e pepe bucatini – oh and they take bookings too…

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