PASTA, PRESENT, FU­TURE

The days may be get­ting shorter and the nights colder, but there is one pos­i­tive out­come: pasta is back on the menu. Here are three of the most stylish places to find a warm­ing, de­li­cious dish of Italy’s best-loved edi­ble ex­port in Lon­don

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

LINA STORES The Soho deli, which has been sup­ply­ing Britain with panet­tone, foil-wrapped Tori­nese choco­lates and legs of pro­sciutto since its launch in 1944, has opened a pasta restau­rant. The ex­te­rior of the mini trat­to­ria, two streets away from the orig­i­nal shop, is painted in the same pep­per­mint-cream green. In­side, din­ers are treated to de­li­cious an­tipasti (the oc­to­pus and crispy lemon is a high­light), but the star of the show is the pasta. Try spaghetti with Dorset crab and chilli or Lina Stores’ fa­mous pap­pardelle with rab­bit ragu ( lina­s­tores.co.uk).

BANCONE In Covent Gar­den, an af­ford­able but beau­ti­fully de­signed os­te­ria has opened, serv­ing sea­sonal arancini, small plates of tagli­olini with clams (above) and potato gnoc­chi with sage but­ter. Ev­ery­thing, from the mar­ble coun­ter­tops ( bancone is Ital­ian for counter) to the olive-green leather ban­quettes, is the vi­sion of owner Will Ell­ner, whose head chef Louis Korovi­las trained un­der Ital­ian cook­ing leg­end Gior­gio Lo­catelli ( bancone.co.uk).

‘ O VER The fo­cus here is street food as served in Napoli (mean­ing mostly pizza), but the South­wark restau­rant’s lob­ster and pars­ley lin­guine is a lesser­known lux­ury. Tak­ing its cue from the venue’s name, which means ‘truth’ in Neapoli­tan di­alect, Lon­don’s Quiet Stu­dios filled the in­te­rior with a sim­ple yet stylish com­bi­na­tion of Ja­panese wood vases, fid­dle-leaf fig trees and sec­ond­hand ta­bles and chairs (overuk.com).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.