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Dockside Italian where pasta takes centre stage.
Pasta: the word hardly inspires excitement, does it? Perhaps it’s the humble roots of this Italian staple, as a cheap belly-filler for peasants, that have relegated it to wallflower status on so many menus. Bucking the trend is Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, a new restaurant in St Katharine Docks where the business of pasta is taken very seriously indeed. They make it fresh each morning and have neat little illustrations of each kind – rigatoni, farfalle and bucatini among them – on the menu.
Said menu is small, and bravely so: three antipasti, two sides and seven pasta mains. There’s nothing on it that you haven’t seen before. We chose the casarecce with walnuts and mushrooms, and lamb ravioli. Along they came – then promptly vanished. Food this good doesn’t stay on the plate for long.
With Emilia’s, you’re reminded that, when made with care, the simplest of Italian dishes can be nothing short of exquisite. Take the ravioli’s sage-and-butter sauce: two ingredients that come together to make something pornographically moreish. The pasta itself was chewily al dente, the sauces perfectly mopped up with a snappy side of green beans in pesto. It’s all served so unpretentiously that you’d be forgiven for thinking it had come straight from nonna’s hob.
Desserts – lemon and polenta cake, amaretti and cantuccini biscuits – ended things on a sugary high. The staff were charming, and paired our food with a sweet, delicious bottle of primitivo. The place is cosy (although, a quick plea to the management: ditch the chart music, guys – Sean Paul does not a homely atmosphere make). And, crucially, with prices south of a tenner, you feel like you’re paying what you should for pasta. Although, with that sage-and-butter sauce in mind, I’d happily pay more.
Unit C3 Ivory House, St Katharine Docks
|Transport:||Tube: Tower Hill|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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As a family, we have visited Emilia's on several occasions and are never disappointed. The menu has something for everyone- our favourite is the Béchamel Bolognese! The food is always fresh, flavoursome and well presented and the staff are friendly and attentive. Dine outside and take in the quaint surroundings of St Katherine Docks, and be sure to finish with a delicious salted caramel brownie!
If you know about Italian food you'll know genuine food when you see it. From the best burrata I've had straight from Puglia, to creative but traditional pasta dishes made freshly that very day. Hard to find all that in one place at their prices. Amazing food, service and atmosphere.
Stay away from this place...reasonably priced but the food is well below what you would expect from the location. Tourist trap
Poor quality food, service even worse. How this place even has a four star review by timeout amazes me. Food took 45 minutes to serve and was tasteless. Good things do not come to people that wait, well in this case.
I love Emilia's! The food is exquisite, the staff always goes the extra mile, and the atmosphere just makes you want to stay there for hours. They have a great selection of appetisers for those wanting to spice up their mains. Make sure to try their parmesan balls and the Borrata cheese. The place is a great a value for money, and will keep you coming back for more.
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