Our industry needs your support now more than ever – and there’s A LOT of choice when it comes to finding good pasta restaurants in London. So, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite spots in the capital for you to try in the weeks and months to come. Of course, you’ll find some on the CODE app, but we’ve also included some others we think are worth shouting about, too.
Fully deserving of his place on CODE’s lockdown heroes list, Pastaio founder Stevie Parle was particularly inventive during lockdown, creating a range of T-shirts to raise funds for staff unfairly treated by the furlough scheme, as well as opening Joy at Portobello, a clever pop-up restaurant, grocery store and aperitivo bar. It’s also good to see Parle’s pasta spots in Soho and Westfield going strong, serving fresh and affordable pasta all day long – and be sure to save space for the tiramisu for dessert. CODE members should check the app for their industry-exclusive offer.
It’s comforting to know that some of our favourite dishes – including Padella’s famous cacio e pepe – have made it through the lockdow as silky and cheesy as ever. Pasta fans rejoiced when Padella opened a second site in Shoreditch earlier this year, meaning double the chance to get a hard-to-come-by spot in the restaurant. Padella uses the WalkUp app, so join the virtual queue and enjoy a drink in Borough Market or Shoreditch in the meantime – it’s worth the wait.
As the sister restaurant to London institution The Clove Club, Luca was a guaranteed hit. Admittedly breaking the rules a little when it comes to the traditions of Italian cooking, here you’ll see head chef Robert Chambers flavour-packed cooking on show. Let the chefs write the menu for you with an antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci course. Head to Luca for lunch from Wednesday to Saturday to take advantage of the CODE app offer.
Jacob Kenedy’s Bocca di Lupo never goes out of fashion. We like that it highlights the different regions of Italy throughout the menu, incorporating the simpler ‘cucina povera’ cooking style of Puglia alongside seafood and of course popular Tuscan classics like tagliatelle. The pastas are served in small or large sizes, so you can try a bit of everything. Plus, members of the CODE team have spotted a celeb there on occasion, if that’s something you’re into…
We shared the news of TOZI opening in the Dutch capital at the end of last year – but it’s the flagshipLondon restaurant we’re shouting about today. Colder weather means the ideal time for the cosy Victoria restaurant. Be sure to try the ricotta ravioli with black truffle… Who wouldn’t want to treat themselves to a mid-week dinner with a special offer on the CODE app?
Angela Hartnett is one of our most talented and treasured chefs – and a voice of reason in the industry through testing times. Celebrating a decade of her Michelin-starred restaurant Murano in 2018, Hartnett now has four restaurants in the capital, most recently opening a Café Murano in Bermondsey. We love the fresh, zingy Italian food.
If you love watching the food you’re about to eat being made – or maybe you’re just missing going to the theatre – then Officina 00 is the place for you. The fried raviolo is a must to start, whilst the pork ragú pappardelle is a team favourite, too. If you’re feeling inspired to learn a new skill after reading our ‘what I learnt in lockdown’ feature, then you can also check out the pasta workshops Officina 00 hosts here.
Legare is intimate restaurant little off the beaten track on a side-street underneath Tower Bridge, where you feel as if you have stumbled upon a secret spot with Italian food that makes for a cosy place to while away time and forget the storms raging outside. The restaurant has a real neighbourhood vibe and is ideal for a date night, catch up with friends or post-work dinner.
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