The Handbook
The Handbook

We should have probably known this, but turns out that a pastaio isn’t a nut, but a person who makes pasta by hand. Thankfully due to Stevie Parle we’ll never forget again, his new restaurant is called Pastaio and we expect we’ll be spending a lot of time there!

Chef Parle, who was responsible for Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Palatino, Craft London and a partner at Sardine is already a dab hand at this. It goes without saying but Pastaio will be based around fresh pasta, and when it launches next month the 70 cover restaurant will contrast striking interiors, art and an eclectic music playlist with comforting plates of fresh pasta and an exciting drinks list.

The interior of the restuarant, just off Carnaby Street on Ganton Street, has been styled by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio and promises to look fantastic. Dixon and Parle have a longstanding relationship and the space will use a small palatte of materials influenced by the kind of industrial materials used in a professional kitchen. Expect bold and colourful elements celebrating the fresh ingredients and fresh produce that’s on the tables.

And it’s the food that’s most exciting. The menu will be concise, seasonal and affordable, perfect for a day’s shopping or a night out. The dishes, priced between £7 and £11, will include Tonarelli cacio e pepe, which is potato and gravy ravioli; Cassarecce, consisting of pesto, green beans & potato; Grouse, rabbit and pork agnoli and long Fusilli, crab courgette, yellow tomato and marjoram. Pastaio will also offer a selection of smaller anti-pasti dishes to graze on, including an anchovy stuffed pepperoncini, a fried mozzarella sandwich and Cured meats and sweet pickles, not to mention their selection of desserts.

Italian favourites like Prosecco and Aperol slushies will feature heavily on the drinks menu, and wine from lesser known Italian growers will be showcased by the restaurant.

We can’t wait say ciao to Pastaio!

Pastaio comes to Ganton Street in October