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Top 5: For Pasta

We all need more cacio e pepe in our lives

  • Padella

    6 Southwark St, SE1 1TQ

    Padella gets our vote all day long. From Tim Siadatan and Jordan Freida
    (the brains behind Trullo), Padella is a masterclass in simplicity.
    There are just eight dishes on the menu, and we’d happily go in for
    seconds for all of them. Start with the cacio e pepe.

  • Luca

    88 St.John Street, EC1M 4EH

    Few cuisines let fresh produce sing like Italian does. At Luca, some of
    the best ingredients found on the British Isles find a focus through an
    Italian lens, meaning you’ll sit down to shrimps from Morecombe Bay,
    grouse from Yorkshire and langoustine from Scotland, but you’ll also
    find ravioli of spinach, ricotta in lemon and sage butter, and carbonara
    filled agnolotti with toast quinoa and guanciale. We’re sold!

  • Bocca Di Lupo

    12 Archer St, Soho, W1D 7BB

    Bocca’s menu changes not once but twice a day, as they insist on staying
    absolutely up to date with the changing seasons and the best of the
    produce on the market. For summer that means a special regional takeover
    menu throughout June, with 4-course tasting nights, including bucatini,
    risotto, pachheri and homemade couscous. The perfect excuse for a Soho
    summer night…

  • Trullo

    300-302 St Paul’s Road, Highbury East, N1 2LH

    Padella’s sibling, Trullo, is the neighbourhood Italian worth getting
    familiar with. Fresh hand-made pasta is rolled minutes before service,
    and tomato sauce simmers away for hours at a time. Come for the
    pappardelle with beef shin ragu, stay for the baked aubgergine with
    marinated mozzarella. Who needs a holiday under the Tuscan sun when
    Trullo’s in town?

  • Burro e Salvia

    52 Redchurch St, E2 7DB

    At Burro a Salvia you can buy fresh-made pasta to take home, or drop by
    the restaurant to eat straight away. As the menu changes weekly, it’s
    always worth trying what takes your fancy – the signature pasta of
    agnolotti cavour (beef, pork and spinach-filled ravioli) is a current
    favourite for comfort eating, or go for anything with black truffles for
    a payday lunchtime.

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