This legend’s note-perfect, well-priced pastas are as raved-about now as they were the week it opened. Like tripping over massive suitcases on the tube at rush hour, standing in the ever-present queue is an irritating fact of London life. But there are things you can do to make it less of a drag. Get there very early (11.30am on a Sunday), very late (9pm on a Monday) or – like one hero Time Out spotted – bring a folding chair. Once you’re inside go classic with pappardelle and beef shin ragù. There's also a branch in Shoreditch.
Ever since Padella opened in Borough Market, and queues started to snake outside for its simple, affordable pasta small plates, London has become a city of pasta-fiends, lusting after linguine and Instagramming anelli. More and more hip Italian restaurants have opened across the capital serving up stylish, saucy, cheesy and downright-delicious strands of dough and we're stocking up on perfect fresh pasta from delis like Lina Stores and diving into the grand likes of Gloria – the most made-for-Instagram trattoria you'll ever see – in Shoreditch, which serves up double-portion carbonara from a giant cheese wheel. Here are the finest pasta places in town.
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