So it has to be said, that here at London’s Dinest, we definitely have a soft spot in our bellies for pasta. Ravioli, papardelle, rigatoni. You name it we love it.
One of our current favourites has to be Padella. From the team behind Trullo, Padella is a beautiful little pasta place that has set up shop right next to Borough Market. One thing we need to make completely apparent is that all the pasta is made on site and you can even see this happening throughout the day.
The decor is simple, with a large kitchen surrounded by a wrap-around bar so close to the action you feel you are part of the kitchen, along with a few tables in the lower part of the restaurant.
Coupled with this minimal space, the menu is just as simple, but this by no means makes its boring. The opposite in fact. A selection of starters including bread baked on site and the lightest burrata with puglian olive oil give us a great start to what is about to follow.
We opted to try a couple of pasta plates at at time, depending on how big our stomachs would stretch. We of course went for the talked-about Pici Cacio E Pepe. A beautiful thick worm-like spaghetti (you could say they resemble udon noodles) drowning in a buttery peppery cheese sauce. We have never had anything like it. That sauce was one to be rivalled and if they bottled and sold it, we would be buying jars by the truck load. Onto another staple, Pappardelle with 8 hour Dexter Beef Shin Ragu which has been famous at Trullo and thankfully brought over to Padella. The pappardelle is cooked to perfection and the ragu is just fantastic. The fact it’s been slow cooked for 8 hours ensures the flavours are unrivalled and we haven’t tasted pasta this good since Zucca closed its doors (massive sad face). We also decided to share a plate of the Ricotta Ravioli and we are so glad we did. The fact that it literally melts in your mouth says something. The pasta is rolled so thin but it holds the filling really well. The sage and butter sauce, is another classic that we love and Padella have definitely got it right!
We ended with a slice of their chocolate Tart and we are glad we did. The pastry was light and so thin we couldn’t believe it could hold its dense chocolate filling. The accompanying mascarpone gave it a great finish.
We have been on the hunt for an Italian ‘regular’, and in Padella we think me may have found just that!
6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ