Pasta, in all its forms, is glorious. Padella does it well. New, hip pasta places are cropping up like weeds and many say that Padella is overrated, but I love it. If anything, Padella is my favourite hip pasta place. Don't be deterred by the tourists lining up around the block outside because the food really is good. Why go at lunch hour? Be smart and go early (or late)!
Or, you know, go to their sister store Trullo in Islington, which accepts bookings?
Their burrata is painfully simple - just olive oil, salt and pepper - but I still happily pay for it. And still think it's the bomb.
And their ragu, which I've seen them make once. I cannot get the image of juicy, succulent meat falling off the bone without the least bit of resistance out of my head.
Small Italian diner that serves one of the best pasta dishes ever! The owner himself makes the basil pesto from scratch. The interiors are cute and nostalgic, and the whole menu is reasonably priced. Make sure to come in early(they open 6pm to 10pm) and have patience as the owner does the cooking all by himself(it doesn't disappoint; you also get served snacks while waiting) and lots of people do come in to dine or order takeouts.