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.

Five hidden gem restaurants in London

The city of London is home to thousands of different restaurants, bars, pubs and food stalls for your choosing. With this vast amount of options, the food sector has become a little oversaturated. To save you some time from searching where to eat next, we’ve organised a concise list of some of the best hidden gems in the London restaurant sector.


Robata

££

Address: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

Website: robata.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram

Modern and traditional cooking techniques come together beautifully at this new Japanese restaurant in Soho. Robata opened in March 2019 and is already receiving shining reviews! Their meat and vegetable skewers are tender and flavourful and the interior offers a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy your meal.

This place is unbelievably nice! I’m usually rather closed minded when it comes to food, but decided to branch out and try the various meat and veggie dishes. Boy, am I glad I did! The food was amazing and I’ve returned several times to continue making my way through the menu. Almost there!
— Lee Catlow

Fatt Pundit

££

Address: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 8TH

Website: www.fattpundit.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Fatt Pundit serves some of the best Indo-Chinese cuisine in London. Their signature Momos, which are South Asian dumplings, are delicious and easy to eat, making them the perfect starter or meal on-the-go. The Lollypop Chicken - chicken wings served with Szechuan chutney - is also a customer favourite. The restaurant also offers several tasty vegetarian options.

Wow! This has to be my new favourite restaurant in Soho. The momos were beyond delish and the crackling spinach is a game changer. Great service, ambience, food and cocktails. Can’t wait to go back.
— Joanne Elliot

Island Social Club

£

Address: 258 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London, E8 4DG

Website: islandsocialclub.co.uk

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Britain meets the Caribbean at Island Social Club. This restaurant serves up some deliciously tropical cocktails and Caribbean food that will transport you to a tropical paradise (despite being in a bustling city). Grab a mouth-watering roti and chill at this spot!

24 hours after eating and drinking at Island Social Club, I can’t stop thinking about how fantastic it was. The cocktails were fantastic (and apparently don’t give you a hangover) and the food was amazing. I’ll definitely be back for more coleslaw, wings and roti soon. Great to know that they are serious about sustainable sourcing too.
— Emily Mathieson

Shola

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Address: 191 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FQ

Website: www.sholakitchen.com

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Shola, which means ‘spark’ in Urdu, is a new Pakistani restaurant in West London. Inspired by the cuisine found in Karachi, Pakistan, Shola’s dishes are colourful, flavourful and packed with satisfying spice. Their vegan bowls are generously priced and filling!

Nice and clean ambiance. Delicious food with reasonable prices. Total value for money. Anyone who wants the authentic Pakistani food must visit SHOLA.
— Tanveer Iqbal

Latteria

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Address: 56 - 58 Essex Road, London, N1 8LR

Website: www.latteria.co

Social: Instagram

A small restaurant tucked in Essex Road, Latteria is one of the cosiest new food spaces to open this year. The restaurant serves authentic Italian classics like pizza and pasta, with many of the dishes being made with ingredients sourced directly from Italy.

Beautiful interior, tasty menu, great for breakfast or a simple meal throughout the day. Very authentic Milano feel. Staff are friendly and attentive and the coffee is one of the best around - much closer to the original Italian version than the New Zealand style flat whites other places offer. The menu offers plenty of pastries, many varieties of eggs, salads, etc. It’s a lively atmosphere with a certain buzz. If you fancy it, get a seat at the long bar with the food displays. Highly recommended.
— Roman Dahl