Like a hug in a bowl, is there anything more comforting than a big plate of mama’s kitchen-style pasta? Thankfully London is packed like a plump ravioli with pasta restaurants, from the affordable that wows with its small plates to Michelin-worthy spaghetti, here are our top picks for getting your pasta on in the capital. 

Pastaio

Handmade pasta pros, Pastaio, are Soho’s carb connoisseurs. Their fresh, handmade pasta dishes are intended to be shared – the seafood paccheri is a winner. If you’re not into the whole sharing thing, order your own prawn spaghetti, spinach and chilli pasta or wild mushroom tagliatelle. Don’t leave before trying their epic tiramisu, too. 

Where: 19 Ganton Street, London, W1F 9BN
Website: www.pastaio.co.uk

Sette

Fancy a Lady and The Tramp spaghetti moment? Look no further than Sette. Their sister restaurant in NYC Scarpetta carved its name into pasta history books for its iconic tomato and basil spaghetti. Our friends over the pond have opened a London outpost and we couldn’t be happier. 

Where: 4 Knightsbridge Green, London, SW1X 7QA
Website: www.settelondon.co.uk

Emilia's Crafted Pasta

Having dedicated years to pairing the right pasta types with the right sauces, Founder of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, Andrew Macleod, is a bona fide pasta aficionado. The trattoria-style restaurant serves up hearty helpings of al-dente pasta and fresh sauce daily in its two London locations. The menu includes options like rigatoni with tomato and basil sauce, homemade lamb ravioli and smoked salmon or pancetta carbonara. Delizioso!

Where: St Katherine's Docks, Ivory House, E1W 1AT
Website: www.emiliaspasta.com

Gloria

Not only is this an insta-lover’s dream – Gloria’s interiors are seriously out of this world, it’s also the place to go if you’ve a penchant for pecorino. If cheesy parmesan pasta wheels are what you dream about at night, head to the East London hotspot pronto. Served in front of you at your table, your carbonara will be swirled into a whole pecorino romano wheel, finished off with crispy Italian cured meat and a sprinkle of black pepper. Wash your carby dish down with a custom Gloria cocktail including the signature ‘Colada me Later.’

Where: 54-56 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QR
Website: www.bigmammagroup.com

Luca

Splashing the cash on pasta might seem a little lavish but Luca is one of the capital’s finest pasta restaurants. Be prepared to drool over the rich white truffle taglierini or feast your senses on the pork sausage ragu paired with fresh rigatoni. 

Where: St John Street, London, EC1M 4EH
Website: https://luca.restaurant/

Café Murano

The cooler little sister to Angela Hartnett’s Michelin star Murano, Café Murano does unfussy, decent pasta daily. Menu highlights include spaghetti Pomodoro and pumpkin tortellini with mouth-watering sage butter. 

Where: 33 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1HD
Website: www.cafemurano.co.uk

La Famiglia

Chef Alvaro Maccioni and his family’s restaurant has become somewhat of a Chelsea institution. Delve into their famous truffle pasta or rich lobster spaghetti, amongst the blue and white interiors that could be mistaken for the Amalfi Coast. 

Where: 7 Langton Street, Chelsea, London, SW10 0JL
Website: www.lafamiglia.co.uk

Padella

Known for its notoriously long queues, Padella might be a casual dining pasta bar but it’s carby magic really packs a punch. With pasta dishes like gnocchi in nutmeg butter, nduja fettuccine and rabbit ragu pappardelle at affordable prices, it is no wonder Londoners continue to rush back to this pasta gem. Top tip: their sage butter ravioli is one of those London dishes everyone should have tried at least once. 

Where: 6 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TQ
Website: www.padella.co

Lina Stores

Lina Stores first opened its doors as an Italian delicatessen back in 1944, and more recently has launched a sister restaurant a few streets down – its trademark green exterior makes it unmissable. Our favourites this season include the minted courgette ravioli and the crab and chilli spaghetti. Save some room for cannoli – they’re the best you’ll find in Soho. 

Where: 51 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4EH
Website: www.linastores.co.uk

Osteria Wolf

Diners at Osteria Wolf are encouraged to indulge in lazy lunches and long dinners just like the Italians do.  Their menu changes with the season – great excuse for return visits. Hits include the beef shin ragu and watercress pesto tagliatelle. Yum.

Where: 110 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7NY
Website: www.osteriawolf.co.uk

Sager and Wilde

Sandwiched between an old railway arch, Sager and Wilde offers guests a unique dining experience with mouth-watering pasta options. If the weather permits, dine alfresco on their terrace but if it is too dreary then the indoor restaurant offers a lively atmosphere for pasta-lovers. The beef ragu bolognese and penne puttanesca have been some of the seasonal delights on offer this year.

Where: Arch 250, Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE
Website: www.sagerandwilde.com

Bocca Di Lupo

Translating as ‘the mouth of the wolf,’ Bocca Di Lupo has become one of London’s best-established luxury pasta venues. Its elegant dining room might have you fooled, but aside from its luxurious exterior, at its heart, Bocca Di Lupo serves honest Italian food. Challenging traditional concepts of food, the restaurant has produced some obscure and wacky creations over the years including a pig’s blood dessert. If that makes you feel a bit queasy, don’t worry, you can find tasty pasta staples like clam spaghetti and parpadelle ragú on the main menu.

Where: 12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB
Website: www.boccadilupo.com

Sergio's

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian experience from the food down to the staff and the decor, Sergio’s hits the mark. Nestled in the heart of Fitzrovia, this charming no-frills and family-run restaurant captures the spirit of Italy with its hearty plates of mama’s kitchen-style pasta. Our favourites include the king prawn spaghetti, penne all’ Arrabiatta and paccheri calabresi. Take a glimpse at their picture-framed walls to see the abundance of celebs who have popped in for a bowl of Sergio’s famous pasta. 

Where: 84A Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7QY
Website: www.sergiosw1.co.uk

Il Pampero

Order your pasta with a side of glamour at Il Pampero, where the interiors are seriously chic – they’re designed by top interiors guru Tara Bernard. The restaurant sits inside the equally as chic Hari hotel – make a night of it and roll into bed no matter how much spaghetti vongole you’ve consumed.

Where: 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8HQ
Website: www.ilpampero.com

Lardo

Not technically a pasta restaurant (but they do damn good pizzas and small plates), Lardo also offer a daily pasta or two and they are so delicious we couldn’t miss them out of this guide. Fresh, simply and honest ingredients, make this Hackney hotspot one of our favourites.

Where: 197-201 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ
Website: www.lardo.co.uk

Terra Terra

This newly opened neighbourhood restaurant offers the hearty home-style Italian food that your grandma would be proud of. Treat yourself to the beef carpaccio to start, followed by the mouthwatering casarecce with lamb ragú. Wash your pasta down with a peach Old Fashioned cocktail and you’re onto a winning dinner combo!

Where: 120 Finchley Road, South Hampstead, NW3 5JB
Website: www.terraterra.co.uk