London has had an influx of Pasta restaurants over the years so not surprisingly, this food lovers city has a great selection of pasta restaurants to try – each with its own speciality dishes. From Michelin-starred spaghetti dishes, hand mand pasta, pasta served in a cheese wheel to lobster pasta.
We have worked our way around London and bring you some of the restaurants with the best pasta in London.
“Life is a combination of Magic and Pasta” – Federico Fellini
Where: Borough Market
Padella has a reputation for being the go-to restaurant if you are after the best pasta in London, so not surprisingly, even though the restaurant covers two floors, it is known for its notoriously long queues! Padella is a modern bistro run by Tim Siadatan and Jordan Freida.
This menu here is short and has only a handful of homemade seasonal pasta dishes. All the pasta at Padella is made using traditional Italian techniques and flavour combinations with quality British ingredients. The pasta is freshly made every single day and if you opt for the casual dining option of kitchen counter seating, you will be able to watch it being prepared.
Must try: Pici Cacio & Pepe (The literal translation for this dish is ‘cheese and pepper’ ) and the chefs’ top dishes of pappardelle and beef shin ragù is also highly recommended.
Where: Covent Garden
A pasta specialist restaurant located in the heart of Covent Garden is Bancone. Before you even step inside you will know Bancone is all about pasta thanks to the team hand rolling pasta dough in front of the window. Step inside this brainchild of ex- Pied à Terre and Locanda Locatelli chef, Louis Korovilas, and you will be greeted to mouth-watering Mediterranean aromas. The decor is neutral with hints of grey throughout the restaurant.
Grab a seat at the dining counter which overlooks the open kitchen as chefs roll out pasta dough almost all day long, putting on a show for viewers. If you just want to enjoy the delicious pasta they also have plenty of cosy booths. The menu is short and simple with just 3 sections: antipasti, pasta and dessert. Offering just a handful of pasta but they are made to perfection.
Must try: Their Signature dish Silk handkerchiefs, walnut butter & confit egg yolk
If you are after gluten-free pasta in London Flour & Grape is the answer. Located on the buzzing Bermondsey street, the menu at Flour & Grape is dedicated to pasta. As you would expect from a restaurant that has a menu dedicated to pasta, all the pasta here is handmade and accompanied with wine. They even have a whole guide on their website based on which wine to pair with your chosen pasta.
If you don’t fancy waiting in the long queue at the Padella, then this lovely restaurant is a very worthy alternative.
Must try: Tortelloni – roasted pork shoulder, sage butter
Prepared to be impressed at Gloria in Shoreditch. The ‘over-the-top’ Italian trattoria from the Parisian powerhouse Big Mamma Group has well and truly gained a reputation not just for being glamorous but also for its generous servings of comfort food we all love. Gloria is everything you would want from an Italian restaurant in London, old school retro charm blended with glamorous decor.
Dining here is a somewhat unique experience, with the staff wearing matching pink outfits, piña coladas being set alight, pasta being served in a cheese wheel, the lasagne is no ordinary lasagne, it is a ten level (layers) lasagne. With other dishes named as ‘Filippo’s Big Balls’ and ‘Youporn’, there is something to keep you entertained throughout. Although don’t let the names and subtle humour fool you, all the ingredients are carefully sourced from Italy – you won’t be disappointed with the food.
Following the success of Gloria, Big Mamma Group have opened a second restaurant in Fitzrovia – Circolo Popolare which is definitely worth a visit too.
Must try: La Gran Carbonara – this impressive pasta is served inside a huge wheel of Pecorino cheese
The newest addition to the collection of best pasta restaurants in London is Stampa Mayfair. Inspired by the informal bars frequented by workers found in the Trastevere district of Rome, this retro Italian diner offers fresh pasta which doesn’t break the bank!
The menu changes every week so you will have something new to try each week. Along with delicious hand made pasta, Stampa Mayfair is also a coffee house, serving fresh coffee along with a breakfast menu accompanied by a tiny terrace for those al fresco eats.
Must try: Cacio e Pepe’ – a buttery Pici Pasta dish with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper
Where: Soho and King’s Cross
Lina Stores in Soho has been making pasta in London since 1944 – so it’s fair to say they know a thing or two about pasta. This family-run Pasta restaurant started as a delicatessen selling authentic Italian produce and make fresh pasta to take home, after over 75 years in London, this pasta deli decided to finally open up a pasta restaurant not too far away from its original store.
Not only is the pasta made fresh onsite every day, but the restaurant itself is a slice of Italy with pastel green and white patined theme throughout the restaurant and the deli. It is also one of the most Instagrammable places in London. Follow the success of its deli and the Soho restaurant, Lina Stores is also opening another restaurant in King’s Cross.
Must try: Agnolotti Verdi, Black Truffle & Ricotta. Also, be sure to try their famous cannoli too!
Signor Sassi has been around since the 1980s and still to this day this classic Italian restaurant in London is visited some of the most famous faces. Its turquoise restaurant front is unmissable, step inside and you will be greeted to a cosy atmosphere with a mirrored interior which is warmly hued with dimmed lights, white table cloths, tiled floors and walls peppered with photos of celebrities who have visited this iconic restaurant.
The menu is extensive serving hearty and traditional Italian and along with sensational seafood. There’s everything from mussels and clams in white wine, Osso Bucco with saffron risotto or beef Tagliata along with a list of daily specials but their stand out dish is the pasta – Spaghetti Lobster which is served on the lobster shell.
Must try: Their signature Spaghetti Lobster!
Burro e Salvia is a small pasta joint in Shoreditch offering impressive pasta dishes in Shoreditch. You can either take it away to cook yourself at home or take a seat at the counter in front of the open kitchen and watch the ‘sfoglina’ (aka pasta maker) at work rolling batches of pasta and cook them up for you!
There’s a small menu of fresh pasta and antipasti that changes regularly and if you fancy learning the secrets of great pasta making for yourself, Burro e Salvia (meaning ‘butter & sage’) also regularly runs workshops. You can learn how to make your own fresh egg-and-flour pasta from scratch, before turning it into everything from lasagne to farfalle (bows) and mezzelune (filled half-moons).
Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, The Riverside Café has been an iconic Italian restaurant in London since 1987 and enjoys its legacy as one of London’s most sought-after dining spots. Boasting a long-held Michelin star, the menu here changes twice a day so you are guaranteed fresh homemade dishes.
The Riverside Café is home to some of the best pasta’s in London and an extensive selection of Italian wine along with antipasti and other traditional Italian dishes. Based in leafy Hammersmith, and the bustling open kitchen indoors gives this Italian restaurant the perfect ambience to tuck into some delicious Italian dishes.
Located in the heart of Soho, Bocca di Lupo has been in the heart of London for the last 10 years. This family-run small and humble trattoria is a firm favourite with pasta lovers. Specialising in regional Italian cuisine and an impressive wine list to match, actually, they offer wine from over 20 different regions of Italy.
The menu here changes twice daily – but their pasta and risotto are a firm favourite amongst the regulars so it always features on the menu. All the dishes are freshly made in-house and are offered in two sizes so you can enjoy a larger size as the main dinner course or you can opt for a smaller portion. Given its location in Soho, it is a great option as a pre-theatre dinner in London.
Bocca di Lupo always has a friendly buzzing atmosphere, you can even request to sit on the Chef’s counter in front of the open kitchen which is great fun.