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Burro e Salvia

Restaurants, Italian Shoreditch
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Burro e Salvia (James Munson)
James Munson
Burro e Salvia (James Munson)
James Munson
Burro e Salvia (James Munson)
James Munson
Burro e Salvia (James Munson)
James Munson
Burro e Salvia (James Munson)
James Munson

Time Out says

One of my enduring memories of living in Italy is pasta – a cliché perhaps, but damn, do they do it well in Bologna. Peering through shop windows, you’d see ancient ladies rolling, stuffing and folding golden-hued parcels. Every bakery and deli had counters groaning with the stuff.

At Italian-owned Burro e Salvia young, friendly staff make pasta from scratch behind the counter at the front of this deli/café. Their finished wares are displayed on mesh trays, to take home or eat in the ‘tasting corner’. It’s a far cry from Bologna, but watching the pasta-makers at work still gave me a warm glow.

Named after a classic accompaniment to stuffed pasta – butter and sage – this new café serves almost nothing but the Italian staple. On our visit the weekly changing menu featured tagliatelle, agnolotti, ravioli and tajarin – a Piedmontese egg-yolk-rich thin tagliatelle. And everything we tried had just the right al dente texture. Ricotta and citrus zest stuffed parcels were the highlight, given savoury depth by a grating of bottarga – dried, salted mullet roe.

The only quibbles – no windows in the diminutive dining room (although there is a skylight) and no salads on the menu except Russian, which is even more carb. But hey, the pasta’s good here and it’s licensed, so you can have some of their small selection of Italian wines to go with your food.



Address: 52 Redchurch St
E2 7DP
Transport: Overground: Shoreditch High St
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Burro e Salvia is one of those places where I don't get why it has not exploded like other restaurants but at the same time I'm thrilled about this because it means I can get still get a table without queuing for hours or booking years in advance. 

The pasta is prepared fresh on site and the quality is in every bite. It sounds cheesy but the food is made with love and you can always taste this. They vary the menu often so you can try different things on different occasions. The venue is quaint and the staff is friendly (and Italian!) The prices are excellent for the quality. Also, order the tiramisu if you want to know what tiramisu should taste like. 


A genuinely lovely and unassuming little place. Very clean and simple aesthetically, simple menu and the staff are wonderfully pleasant. The food is very good and it's remarkably affordable


Lovely Italian hideaway amongst all trendy shops that have moved into Redchurch Street. Pasta is made fresh daily on site. They are passionate about what they do and concentrate on it very well. The selection of fresh pastas on the counter is an absolute delight to look at. If you happen to see fresh pasta being made, you will know it is made with care and attention. On this occasion, I chose to dine in. The carne salada, a cured beef carpaccio was delicate and flavoursome and complimented with a drizzle of fruity olive oil. My favourite was the Tajarin with shaved black truffles. The long silky strands of pasta is balanced with strong earthy flavours of butter, parmesan and truffle. You feel like you have stepped into Italy rather than Shoreditch. The decor is modern, minimalist and chic. Everyone speaks Italian. The pasta is done perfectly without being drenched in sauce. For a moment, you can escape from a cold grey world outside.

I had a birthday dinner there the other night - we had the whole place to ourselves, a perfect arrangement. It's one of the few authentically Italian places I know in the UK. We began with a simple canapé - mortadella mousse on crisp bread. It only works with the best mortadella, and it did. The starter was artichokes, stupendously tasty jerusalem artichoke rissoles and salami (more of that mortadella). The stuffed pasta was very good. We drank a vermentino and a valpolicella classico which were both good. Can't wait to go again. 

Coming back from a trip to Italy a year ago, I was despaired by the thought I would never a) see this much sun nor b) eat pasta this good until I were to go back. Turns out I was wrong on both counts, thanks to this little gem. I truly believe they make pasta the way it is meant to be. Fresh, light, and so tasty. The desserts were also excellent, the staff extremely amiable. Cannot wait to go back...

I'm very happy to hear they managed to get their alcohol licence. There was a concerted campaign led by the local mosque to stop it being granted.

Fantastic melt In the mouth pasta! Clean, light, bright ambient, great staff! Will return for sure!

Well, i'm italian so i know it. Kind people and very good fresh pasta.

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