Let’s face it, people. Most of these ‘National/World [insert random foodstuff]’ days/weeks are pretty silly. National Popcorn Day? It’s January 19. How about National Cupcake Week? That was September 16-22, in case it passed you by. However, given its sole objective of celebrating a kitchen staple so simple, so versatile and so utterly moreish, World Pasta Day is one arbitrary celebration we can get behind.
Looking for somewhere to fill up on farfalle or tuck into some tagliatelle? Here are our favourite London restaurants for a bowlful of saucy carbs:
SOHO: Bocca di Lupo
For a plate of pasta with a serving of glitz, it’s got to be this buzzy Soho spot. Specialising in small plates from across the regions, it’s easy to get distracted by the vibrant salads and tasty meats, but the wide range of pasta (think Tuscan pappardelle with a ragu of duck gizzard, heart and liver; or a more prosaic tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, garlic and parsley, from Trentino) is no less memorable.
SHOREDITCH: Burro e Salvia
If you don’t mind eating in a slightly awkward, windowless eating area (though there is a skylight), check in to this Shoreditch deli, where an array of made-on-site pasta – all of it excellent – is available. And if the setting puts you off, order it uncooked to take away.
Okay, so it may have an odd, L-shaped dining room and be a tad dated, but this is the best restaurant – bar none – to eat ravioli (meat, sweet, fish – you name it) in London. It even has a dedicated ravioli tasting menu.
FULHAM: River Café
If it’s premium pasta you’re after (and a price tag to match), it doesn’t get better than the stuff made at this iconic London restaurant next to the Thames.
One of the must-visit spots along the Bermondsey drag, Zucca’s sexy small plates also run to excellent own-made pasta. Tania Ballantine
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