London is blessed with many great Italian restaurants but over the past couple of years, an offshoot of pasta-focused places have opened and it seems we just can’t get enough.
Padella, which serves up hand rolled pasta dishes in Borough Market and has had queues down the street since the day it opened, probably kickstarted the whole trend, and with plates of quality pasta coming in at under a tenner, it’s not hard to see why. 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.
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.
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. 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.