Emilia’s Crafted Pasta - Aldgate
June 18, 2019
High-quality handmade pasta is having a moment in the sun as one of London’s hottest trends, with representation in every neighbourhood. Padella blazed the trail in Borough. Lina Stores and Pastaio followed suit in Soho. Bancone ensured Covent Garden was well-fed while Levan and Forza Win did their thing in Peckham. It’s a wonder, therefore, that the City hasn’t been attended to, with its hungry, busy workforce perpetually after delicious sustenance. Enter Emilia’s Crafted Pasta – the City’s best fast-paced, high-quality Italian, with two locations in St Katharine’s Docks and Aldgate.
Founded by 27-yearold Andrew Macleod, the Emilia’s was inspired by his pasta pilgrimage to Emilia Romagna in Italy and aims to perfectly pair certain types of pasta with certain sauces. The vibe of the dining room in both locations is meant to replicate the down-to-earth ethos of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta. In St Katharine’s Docks you’ll find a marina-side trattoria, whilst the Aldgate location is more of an urban affair with a big open-plan kitchen, terracotta-plastered walls and plenty of tables. Both are ideal for a weekday lunch or quick, casual dinner.
We kicked things off with a burrata and heirloom tomato salad doused in olive oil, basil and oregano (with some fresh green tomatoes providing a crunchy counterpoint to the ripe reds) as well as finely sliced bresaola with a rocket and parmesan salad. Following that, we greedily ordered three pastas. Handmade lamb ravioli was immersed in a light, creamy butter and sage sauce and overlaid with parsley and parmesan. Four hour slow-cooked béchamel bolognese was worked into silky ribbons of pappardelle. A pepper-heavy cacio e pepe sauce insinuated itself nicely around thick snakes of bucatini.
For pasta in the City at a reasonable price there is nowhere better than Emilia’s Crafted Pasta.
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