Pastaio is a new pasta focused restaurant in Soho and we’re going just call it what it is: a Padella copycat. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Pastaio follows the same no reservations, cheap, high-quality pasta format as Padella, but also has an air of efficiency around it. The bright almost canteen-like format of the restaurant is very welcoming but at the same time, doesn’t make you want to hang around. Which turns out to be another good thing - tables turn over fast. Even though we can’t quite get over the feeling that we are cheating on Padella, Pastaio is a really nice addition to the Soho, and we like everything from the starters to the pasta to the tiramisu.
Where we've featured it
On a Wednesday night, you don’t need fancy. You need somewhere accessible and affordable, with good food. Here are your midweek spots.
More spots in SohoSee more
Jugemu is a tiny Japanese restaurant in Soho that feels like you stumbled into .a backstreet cafe in Kyoto. The sushi and small plates are excellent.
Yalla Yalla is a Beirut street food spot in Soho that has something for everyone, and is perfect for lunch or dinner with a group of friends.
Inko Nito is a large, casual spot in Soho serving Japanese and Korean inspired sharing plates from the robata grill, plus salads, and sushi.
More Italian spotsSee more
Luigi's is an excellent Italian deli in Chelsea, selling ham, cheese, wine, sandwiches, and a huge range of pastas and salads sold by the kilo.
The River Café
The River Café is a long standing classic London restaurant that literally wrote the book on tasteful, authentic Italian food.
Suggested by our writers
Bocca Di Lupo
If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.
Flour & Grape
Flour & Grape is another member of the we-just-invented-fresh-pasta club, and it’s worth the trek over to Bermondsey when Padella is rammed.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more