Pasta restaurants are all the rage in London right now. Padella paved the way and there’s still no stopping them with queues out the door before midday. They operate a no reservations policy but if you are lucky enough to nab a table it’s most certainly worth it.
Each dish is prepared to order, as we were sat at the bar we were able to watch the chefs cook from scratch. Whilst they were busy at work, we nibbled on some sourdough bread and burrata with Puglian olive oil. Paired with prosecco, it was the perfect entree.
Three superb pasta dishes followed, which were consumed like tapas, shared between the two of us. First up, a plate of Ravioli of Neal’s Yard goats curd with marjoram butter. What a dish. It was zesty, rich and flavoursome.
Next up, a classic Roman pasta dish of Pici Cacio e Pepe. Homemade pasta, butter and cheese, spiked with black pepper combined to make the ultimate comfort food. This dish was put on my radar by Padella and now I’m obsessed with it. How can something with so few ingredients be so delicious?
The third dish was on the spicier side which was appreciated alongside the other creamy pastas. Tagliatelle with nduja, mascarpone and parsley. For those of you who haven’t tried it, nduja is essentially a spicy sausage paste which kickstarts any Italian pasta dish. This was probably my least favourite of the three we tried but that’s because I’m not great with spice!
Would we go back? Yes, on a week day at 5pm (to beat the queues!)