7 of the best pasta restaurants in London
World Pasta Day isn’t until 25th October but we couldn’t stop ourselves from rounding up the best pasta restaurants in London a month early. Let’s just call it research, OK?
If like us, you’re drooling at the mere thought of pecorino pesto pasta, you’ll be pleased to hear that our top choice, Emilia’s Pasta, is about to turn your world upside down. Book ahead to avoid disappointment this World Pasta Day or turn the day into a month-long celebration.
Located in St. Katharine’s Docks, Emilia’s is a bustling pasta joint where pasta is made fresh by hand every single morning before opening. From rigatoni to bucatini, Emilia’s Pasta is well versed in the science of perfect pasta and pairs each shape with a complementary sauce. The difference this makes to the taste is remarkable and the enthusiasm and passion for pasta that the staff demonstrate is admirable.
Unfortunately, eating out in London is often a rushed affair and at a bustling restaurant like Emilia’s Pasta, you would expect to be whisked in and out in 30 minutes. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only does Emilia’s Pasta serve up indulgent dishes but is perfect for those looking to truly wind-down over the course of a couple of hours in good company.
Dish to die for: Rigatoni with flaked yellowfin tuna fillet and homemade tomato sauce, peperoncino and freshly chopped parsley.
All Padella pasta is hand rolled and combined with delicious sauces made using seasonal ingredients and fillings inspired by the chefs’ trips to Italy. Operating on a first come, first serve basis you may need to queue for you supper at this tiny but popular Borough Market restaurant.
Dish to die for: Gnocci with nutmeg butter. Simple, but oh so delicious.
This Michelin-starred Marylebone restaurant is the perfect place for any pasta connoisseur to celebrate World Pasta Day. Using top quality ingredients, Locatelli turns classic dishes into the most indulgent Italian gastronomy in London.
Dish to die for: Spaghetti alla chitarra e polpo. Otherwise know as homemade egg-free spaghetti, stewed octopus and chilli.
Situated in Covent Garden, the Bancone takes inspiration for it’s menu from 21 regions of Italy combining traditional dishes and artisanal new creations to push culinary boundaries for an unusual and exciting dining experience.
Dish to die for: Ricotta ‘mezzalune’ ravioli with wild mushrooms.
Recreating some of our favourite Italian pasta dishes, in the heart of Soho, using fresh hand-made pasta, Lina’s uses a range of ingredients including Dorset crab, rabbit ragu and wild fennel, to create a dish for every palette.
Dish to die for: Spaghetti and Dorset Crab with Chilli & Lemon.
Curb your carb cravings at Pastaio in Soho with their simple and original pasta dishes created using top notch British produce.
Dish to die for: Langoustines, prawns, mussels & clams, paccheri (to share between 2 persons).
An Italian sanctuary in the middle of Stoke Newington, Wolf uses local and speciality Italian ingredients to create seasonal menus that are guaranteed to please.
Dish to die for: Tagliatelle with Sicilian fennel sausage, burnt butter, chilli and parmesan, topped with an egg yolk.
BONUS: THE CHEESE WHEEL
It’s not quite a restaurant, but we couldn’t round up the best pasta places without including The Cheese Wheel at Camden’s KERB. Grab a pot of hand-rolled pasta, swirled in a wheel of cheese, and topped with, wild mushrooms, tomato, or pancetta for an ultimate street food experience.
Dish to die for: The original cheesy hand-rolled pasta topped with sautéd wild mushroom, mushroom cream and chives.