The Best Places To Eat Fresh Pasta In London

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For the last few years carbohydrates have been getting an increasingly hard time. First there was the Atkins diet and then followed a miserable line of carb bashing regimes from the Dukan to the Paleo. It feels like the only time enjoying a bowl of pasta is socially acceptable is the night before a marathon.We don't agree. Carbs are beautiful complicated creatures that deserve to be devoured. And what better way to enrage a 5:2 bore than to settle down at one of the best fresh pasta restaurants in London?

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Luckily fresh pasta is having something of a moment in London, just look at how many people are trying to get through the doors of new openings Luca and Padella. Here is our pick of London's best purveyors.

Padella Pasta - Borough Market

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Since opening Trullo on Highbury Corner, Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda have been considered masters of pasta. Their new offering Padella achieves the same perfect harmony of excellent flavours, simple ingredients and reasonable prices, as well as the opportunity to sit around the central bar and watch the chefs deftly roll little cigars of pasta whilst you sip an Aperol Spritz.

Everything from the 8 hour beef shin ragu to the sausage papperdelle is delicious - and don't think it beneath you to order the simple tomato spaghetti. You won't believe the flavours in there.

Padella, 6 Southwark St, Greater London, SE1 1TQ.

Burro e Salvia - Shoreditch

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Burro e Salvia are all about the ritual of families making simple delicious pasta together. Visit their restaurants in East Dulwich or Shoreditch for parcels of cardinali pasta filled with gorgonzola, ricotta and pear or their Pappardelle with pork ribs ragu.

They also run workshops where you can learn from their Sfogline - that means pasta maker - all about the secret art.

Burro e Salvia, 52 Redchurch St, London, United Kingdom E2 7DB.

Luca - Clerkenwell

A new opening from the geniuses behind The Clove Club (26th best restaurant in the world) was always going to mean a table worth dining at. Luca is just that with its elegant but laid back interiors and a "Britalian" menu that fuses local ingredients with classic Italian staples. Think Spaghettini with Morecambe Bay shrimp and Garganelli with pork sausage, tomato, and anchovy. All perfectly balanced flavours and worryingly difficult to tear yourself away from.

Luca, 88 St.John Street London, EC1M 4EH

Lina Stores - Soho

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The 1950s ceramic storefront to this family deli is every bit as charming as the service and food. Select perfectly al dente ravioli with porchini or little postage stamps filled with proscuitto cotto and parmesan.

You can also stock up and impress dinner party guests with their range of filled pastas that includes walnut and gorgonzola, and pumpkin and amaretti.

Lina Stores, 18 Brewer St, London W1F 0SH.

Wolf – Stoke Newington

If you're tired of scrapping over small plates with your greedy friends Wolf is where you need to eat next. The menu pays homage to the traditional Italian style of eating, with fresh antipasti and rich flavoursome primi before the secondi main course – if you're not already bursting from the generous portions. Their fresh pasta comes with sauces such as a beef-shin ragu, ricotta, pea, lemon and mint or fennel sausage with broccoli and breadcrumbs in all of which their seasonal ingredients sing. 'In Italy, food is king' Wolf say, here it's true of East London too.

Wolf, 110 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7NY

Pastifico - Covent Garden

Another trip to add to your pasta bucket list: the deli next to (and ran by) Angela Hartnett's Michelin Starred restaurant Cafe Murano. This 'pastificio', or pasta factory, creates daily fresh linguine, pumpkin ravioli and heavenly balls of hand rolled gnocchi.

Their house pestos are a treat to take home with you and the wine collection is also worth delving into.

Cafe Murano: Pastifico, 36 Tavistock St, London, WC2E 7PB.

Palatino

Occupying part of the ground floor of an office block in well heeled Clerkenwell, Palatino is a bracingly minimal space, warmed up by mustard yellow leather seats. Start with an appetite-whetting Palatino spritz, work through antipasti (mortadella, ventricina and prosciutto; fried courgette flowers and honey vinegar) then move onto their exceptional pasta: tonnarelli cacio e pepe is as good as any we've tasted. Leave space for tiramisu.

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- Alex Bilmes

Palatino, 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB

La Tua Pasta - Borough Market

Suppliers to hotels, caterers and supermarkets, La Tua Pasta have become a wholesale retailer who have maintained their obsession with excellence. Pick up their pasta in Selfridges or have it delivered to your front door.

Their stall at Borough Market is always packed with punters trying samples of their gnocci in tomato sauce and buying up their wild boar ravioli.

La Tua Pasta, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL.

Pastaio

Stevie Parle, of Rotorino and Palatino has now opened Pastaio, offering tonarelli cacio e pepe; potato and gravy ravioli; grouse, rabbit and pork agnoli; and more, from £7 to £11. Plus antipasti, Aperol slushies, Italian wines, spirits and beers. And Tom Dixon is doing the interior: final proof that a plate of pasta is 2017's hip dish.

- Alex Bilmes

Pastaio, 19 Ganton Street, London W1

Pasta Evangelists

If you can't face leaving the house, fear not as you can bring restaurant quality home with you. Pasta Evangelists make artisan fresh pasta, sauce, garnishes and step-by-step instructions all delivered to your home a chilled letterbox friendly container with meat from the luxury butcher Ginger Pig.

Pasta Evangelists