Sometimes (well, often) life just calls for some comforting plates of pasta, and it’s on those occasions that you need to get yourself to Pastaio: a delicious new(ish) spot from London’s (unofficial) pasta king, Stevie Parle (of Rotorino, Palatino and Craft London success). Course, it's the pasta you're going for but I'll hasten to add Pastaio also has the most brilliant terrazzo tables that will have you reaching for your camera whether you’re into the ‘gram or not. (I’m not the only one who thinks so…)
Go hungry or leave cursing because you’re going to want to make your way around the menu. I’d suggest going with a friend who doesn’t mind sharing so you can really do the menu justice. And maybe don’t wear your tightest jeans or you’ll be popping a button or two…
Start with the burrata. (Always start with burrata.) It’s perfect, with chilli, oregano and creaaaaamy as you like. And if you fancy something a little lighter, get the roasted squash, with shredded red cabbage, roasted hazelnuts and salted ricotta. It’s the perfect combo of flavours and gets a giant tick of approval from me.
Moving swiftly on to what we came here for, there are 9 or so pasta dishes to choose from, including a few regularly changing specials. I can’t comment on the meat dishes, but the wild boar and rabbit agnoli came highly recommended by our friendly italian waiter. We went for the wild mushroom and garlic tagliatelle, which is a definite hit for vegetarians, with long ribbons of pasta wrapped a rich, earthy, delicious mushroom sauce. The crab and chilli spaghetti looked and tasted just beautiful, with generous hunks of crab and amazing black and white spaghetti — a kind of 'lighter' dish if ever spaghetti can be light! Next time, I'll definitely be trying the cacio e pepe too, we just couldn't quite fit it in on this visit...
Good prices, good location, GREAT pasta, go!
PASTAIO, 19 GANTON STREET, LONDON, W1F 9BN