Since Padella opened its doors just off Borough Market in 2016, the pasta restaurant has quickly become one of London’s must-try dining spots, gaining fame for the snaking queues that form outside of it every night (Padella doesn’t except bookings).
Now, the team hope to replicate its phenomenal success with a second site in Shoreditch. Little is known about the new venture so far, but a spokesperson recently revealed that Padella Shoreditch will find its home at 1 Phipp Street, a space which is currently occupied by co-working office space, Workspace: The Frames.
Combining the restaurant with a co-working space is a model that has been used previously by fellow pasta purveyor Stevie Parle, who opened his pasta restaurant Palatino in Clerkenwell at co-working space Fora. The licensing application also reveals that the new Padella will be open all day from 8am-11pm, which is a departure from the Borough site, which is currently only open for lunch and dinner. The spokesperson also confirmed that Padella will moves its existing bakery to the new site, which could explain the change in opening hours.
Padella’s menu changes regularly and is best known for how affordable it is, with plates of pasta starting from just £4. The offering features a tight selection of antipasti, handmade pasta dishes and puddings. At the Shoreditch site, it’s likely that you can expect dishes such as gnocchi with nutmeg butter, pappardelle with fennel sausage and peppercorn ragu and cacio e pepe, while desserts might see scoops of salted caramel ice cream or a zesty lemon tart.
Padella is the sister restarant of Trullo, another much-loved London restaurant in Islington, which opened its doors back in 2010. Padella’s impact on London’s dining scene is undeniable, with the restaurant kick-starting the trend for affordable pasta-focused restaurants with simple menus that change regularly. Padella undoubtedly inspired the likes of Pastaio (another Stevie Parle opening) in Soho and Bancone in Covent Garden, to name just a few.
We’ll be updating this page as and when more details come in, so be sure to check back.