Pasta in Soho
Pastaio (meaning pasta maker!) serves fresh, delicious and affordable pasta in Soho just off Carnaby Street. They pride themselves on cooking with high quality, sustainable produce with eggs from Rodley Court in Kent, ricotta freshly made everyday in West London and organic grains and tomatoes from the southern Italian.
Their restaurant in Carnaby Street has bright, vibrant murals on the walls with (mostly) communal seating on black stools and large hanging light features. Pastaio has a relaxed, almost canteen style, to the restaurant.
Pastaio offer a small selection of white and red wine from just £4.50 a glass. They also offer four cocktails, including Aperol Spritz and Negroni for just £6-7 and prosecco slushies from just £4.50. We sipped on an Aperol and a white grape prosecco slushy during our meal.
The Menu: Antipasti
I was dining with a vegan guest and the wonderful John talked us through the menu ticking what she could have and underlining what would need to be removed. Really great to see.
The antipasti section has 8 choices priced between £3-9.5. We were drawn to the Fried mozzarella, ‘nduja & honey sandwich (£5.5). As expected, it was served as a toastie but the nduja did not shine through as much as I hoped. It has real potential with the mixture of ingredients (especially the addition of honey) but the ratios need to change.
The Squash, red cabbage, hazelnuts & ricotta salata (which we had wihtout the ricotta to make it vegan) was a light and refreshing dish. The hazelnuts added a great texture.
The Menu: Pasta
There are 8 pasta dishes ranging from just £6 (amazing value for Soho) to £16.5 for seafood linguine. We opted for the Crusco Chilli, rocket, breadcrumbs, spinach spaghetti (£6) which had nutty, savoury flavours and the spaghetti was tasty and al dente.
We could not resist the Squash Ravioli, butter, sage (£12). Wow, this was amazing. The pasta was clearly freshly made with slightly al dente ravioli edges and a beautiful squash filling. With the butter and sage sauce, it was an extremely satisfying dish.
We did not have any room for dessert but they offer tiramsu, cannoli, sorbet and more.
If you are looking for great pasta in Soho, Pastaio is your place! The dishes were fresh and delicious whilst not breaking the bank. The service was friendly and the atmosphere was buzzing. You can also find Pastaio at Market Halls West End and soon in Westfield White City.
East London Girl: Pastaio
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