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 accept bookings). Hoping to replicate its phenomenal success, Padella has opened a second site in Shoreditch serving up classic Italian food with an ever changing menu.
Padella in Shoreditch restaurant is much bigger than the original, with a long bar area, lots of tables and booth seating, as well as a large open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs create plate after plate of pasta. Unlike the Borough site, you can also book in advance here, with a limited number of tables available for reservations.
Padella’s menu changes regularly, although you'll always find a few classic dishes that are a fixed part of its offering, like its slow-cooked beef ragu and its pici cacio e pepe. The menu features a tight selection of antipasti, handmade pasta dishes and puddings. Kick off with a selection of small bites, like sourdough and olive oil, mixed Italian olives, or bruschetta with black Iberiko tomatoes and wild oregano. Examples of pasta dishes include fettuccine with Cobble Lane cured nduja, mascarpone and lemon, or cavatelli with cavolo nero, chilli, anchovy and garlic. From the dessert list, you can expect tiramisu to be on the menu, as well as a rich chocolate and salted caramel tart.
Cocktails include a short selection of Italian classics, like its signature Negroni and an Aromatic Spritz, while a selection of Italian wines can be ordered by the glass or carafe.
Padella is the sister restaurant 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.