World Pasta Day: Happy Carb-mas!

If you have not already heard, today, 25th October 2019, is World Everyone’s Favourite Carb Day, otherwise know as World Pasta day! London’s Italian cuisine scene is booming with a wave of new and authentic regional Italian food and proper pasta bars. With this global holiday providing the perfect excuse to scoff all the spaghetti in London, we have rounded up the best deals across the City to ensure the tastiest of celebrations.

Emilia’s handcrafted pasta

What’s better than pasta, FREE pasta!

77 Alie St, Aldgate, London, E1 8NH

Website: https://www.emiliaspasta.com/

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Following last year success, this year Emilia’s coming to you with a BANG at their Aldgate site! Emilia’s Crafted Pasta will be giving away FREE pasta to everyone who visits their Aldgate restaurant on Friday, the 25th October between the times 12pm – 4pm and 5:30pm – 9.30pm. You will be able to choose from 7 of their signature fresh pasta dishes, including their famous fresh pappardelle with a 4-hour slow cooked Bolognese sauce, made with ‘pasture for life’ certified 100% grass-fed organic beef mince from a small farm outside of Bristol, made even more indulgent with the addition of fresh béchamel. There is 1 pasta dish per person per sitting - so yes, you can come for both lunch and dinner! It will be walk in only, no bookings available, so best to arrive quite early as it is likely to be busy!

Enoteca Rosso

The ultimate celebration of authentic Italian cuisine

276-280 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6ND

Website: http://enotecarosso.com/

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Self-declared as a ‘food and wine experience’ Enoteca Rosso prides itself on serving up the best of regional Italian cuisine alongside a celebration of Italian wine. With a seasonal menu, dishes include: Pappardelle with wild boar ragout marinated in Mediterranean spices and Pink beetroot orecchiette served with broccoli rabe, and aromatic bread crumbles. Not only this, but you can order your pasta in three different sizes; small to taste, medium to indulge and large to share.

La Tagliata

11 Sandy’s Row, London E1 7HW

Website: https://www.la-tagliata.com/

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La Tagliata is the perfect combination of fine dining and authentic family recipes. Its sophisticated manner means that you have time to enjoy each course and spend quality time with your loved ones. The pasta menu debuts classics such as Homemade Tagliatelle with Porcini Mushrooms, Rocket, Parmesan Shavings and Truffle Oil

Calici

29 Belsize Lane, Belsize Village, London, NW3 5AS

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Calici’s is your old school classic Italian restaurant, nestled in quaint Belsize Village. Serving regional Italian favourites whilst using the freshest of ingredients of Linguine Aragostra – Tyrrhenian Sea Lobster with San Marzano Tomato Sauce and of course an indulgent slow cooked Hertfordshire beef shine ragu’.

Pasta Nostra

122 Old St, London EC1V 9BD

Website: https://pastanostralondon.com/

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Pasta Nostra has as a simple mission: to make the best pasta in town. With their short menu of Italian plates and fresh pasta; Pasta Nostra serves up just simplicity and honesty – qualities which sum up perfectly this small but vibrant eatery’s approach to its cooking. With classical Italian dishes of pappardelle oxtail ragu, which is slow-cooked for eight hours, and more unique offerings of tortello carbonara, filled with pecorino, crispy cured pork cheek and zabaglione. This is a restaurant that caters for all and never disappoints.

Top five 'Instagrammable' restaurants in London

London is one of the greatest cities for all things food; because of its multiculturalism and its progressiveness, the city is a hub for unconventional and aesthetically pleasing dining experiences. With the rising demand for Instagrammable food and interiors, London is a centre for foodies and influencers alike. We’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the greatest London restaurants and bars that may ever bless your Instagram feed.


The Courtyard

££

Address: 4 Fulham High Street, Fulham, London, SW6 3LQ

Website: www.thecourtyardfulham.com

Social: Instagram, Facebook

The Courtyard is a hip cocktail bar located in West London. Stranger Things fans, in particular, will enjoy this spot, as they have their very own Stranger Things room, decked out with the iconic alphabetical Christmas light set-up from the show’s first season. Guests are free to take all the pictures they want while enjoying their delicious Stranger Things cocktail. The bar also has an oasis-like outdoor area where you can sip on some bubbly under the sun.


Kalifornia Kitchen

££

Address: 19 Percy Street, London, W1T 1BZ

Website: www.kaliforniakitchen.co.uk

Social: Instagram, Facebook

A pink, vegan paradise awaits you in Fitzrovia. Kalifornia Kitchen is a restaurant that prides itself on healthy eating. Its beautiful interior and brightly coloured cuisine is perfect if you want to add a pop of pink to your feed. We recommend you dine in the upstairs area which has an Instagrammable neon sign reading #HealthyIsSexy.


Zela

££££

Address: Me London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA

Website: zelarestaurants.com/london/

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Zela is a Japanese-Mediterranean fusion restaurant in the West End. Its interior matches the unique style of the food it serves, with the calming atmosphere of Japan blending with the lush greenery of the Mediterranean. Zela also has some of the prettiest cocktails in London, like the Tiramisu Martini, and the sophisticated Coco Chanel, made with raspberry liqueur and topped with fresh lychee.


Polo Bar

£

Address: 176 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NQ

Website: polo24hourbar.co.uk

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Up for a challenge? Polo Bar is a café located in the heart of London which offers some of the tallest stacks of fluffy pancakes you may ever experience. Snap a pic of their 12-pancake-tall tower before participating in the Tower Challenge in which you must finish the stack in 15 minutes or less. Polo Bar pancakes covered in syrupy fruit and whipped cream are sure to attract fellow foodies to your Insta page.


Sketch

££££

Address: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2XG

Website: sketch.london

Social: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube

Sketch offers a quirky, Michelin-starred dining experience for those seeking artistic interiors and delectable food. There are five distinct restaurants and bars within Sketch, each with their own personality. Perhaps take a pretty in pink photo in the Sketch Gallery, then head to the fanciful Lecture Room for a picture that will exude a regal aura as you pose against the crimson velvet chairs. Next visit the Parlour, which is an eccentric tea room that converts into a cocktail bar when the sun goes down. After that the Glade will transport you to a fairytale-esque forest, complete with fluffy forest-inspired carpet. Lastly, the East Bar will give you a more tame experience than the rest of Sketch, but the stark white exterior is a perfect backdrop for a crisp looking picture.