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.
The Best Restaurants in Soho
There are almost too many places to eat in Soho. Here are our pick of the best restaurants to hit up in London’s greatest neighbourhood.
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Duck & Waffle Local
Duck and Waffle’s second location doesn’t have spectacular views, nor is it open 24 hours, but it’s a solid low risk option in Piccadilly.
Dean Street Townhouse
Everyone needs a reliable go-to restaurant in Soho. Dean Street Townhouse covers every occasion, from solo brunch to dinner with the parents.
A Soho classic that's stood the test of time and is still great today. Pop in at lunch for a drink and their smoked eel sandwich.
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Homeslice Pizza Covent Garden
A casual restaurant in Covent Garden, Homeslice makes great thin crust pizzas with adventurous toppings.
Pizza East is one of the best casual spots in Shoreditch for an easy dinner with a few friends.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
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Padella serves brilliant, freshly made pasta at very good prices. If you’re in London Bridge or Borough Market, make this a part of your plan.
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.
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