The latest carb-haven to join London is Pasta Nostra on Old Street, Clerkenwell, offering freshly made pasta alongside traditional Italian eats.
The restaurant is the brainchild of two chefs, Wilfred Mafham and Luca Cianti, following a series of successful masterclasses at Tooting Broadway Market.
Mafham starting cooking when he was just 11 and went on to cook at Michelin-starred Trinity and Bistro Union with Chef Adam Byatt. Cianti brings his expertise from Rome, having worked at Pastaficio, and his passion for provenance to the table. He's held positions at Restaurant ‘Ours’ and Bistro Union with Mafham.
The menu is short and sweet, consisting of small plates and Pasta Nostra (which translates to ‘our pasta’) to choose from. To start, a must-have is the house focaccia, which is made fresh every morning, plus authentic Burrata with pressed sorrel and cucumber salad or aubergine Parmigiana.
The two chefs add their own unique touch to pasta - the Tortello Carbonara with crispy cured pork cheek has ditched the classic spaghetti for an explosion of rich creamy goodness in the form of parcels, and the homemade pesto is a notable feature in their Orecchiette al Pesto with green beans.
The pair have also paid homage to their roots, serving up Pappardelle Oxtail Ragu which is braised for 12 hours and lovingly garnished with 24-month aged parmesan. Two classic desserts round off the meal perfectly, Sicilian Cannolo with fresh sheep’s ricotta in a crisp shell and Tiramisu.
No trip to Pasta Nostra is complete without Aperitivi. All the tipples are served up, from Negroni and Grappa Cividina, as well as its very own Nostra Lager and Nostra Pale.
There's also an Espresso Bar, which uses 100% Arabica coffee beans that are roasted in Italy.
For those taking away, Pasta Nostra offera a £10 takeaway menu including a trio of Italian gems: homemade pasta, house focaccia and mixed leaf salad. There's a choice of four staples; Fettuccine Amatriciana with 6-hour slow cooked tomato and cured pork cheek, Gnocchi Puttanesca, Orecchiette al Pesto and of course Fettuccine Bolognese.
The restaurant and the kitchen is open plan so that everyone can enjoy the passion and energy the chefs exude when making their pasta from scratch.
Boasting outdoor seating too, Pasta Nostra is set to become one of London’s favourite Italians, redefining what embodies a great pasta restaurant.