Fodor's Expert Review Padella

$ South of the Thames Dinner Fodor's Choice

Sit at the galley kitchen counter and you can watch the chefs toss hot pans of authentic handmade (on-site) Italian pasta, generally considered among the best in London. The acclaimed but amazingly affordable small plates include ravioli with Neal's Yard ricotta and sage butter, burrata with Puglian olive oil, papardelle with a slow-cooked beef-shin ragù, and Dorset crab tagliarini with chili and lemon. An Italian cocktail favorite like a Negroni or Aperol Spritz (plus Italian wine on draft starts at £4.50) make the perfect accompaniment. Lone diners might get a stool at the counter overlooking the kitchen right away. Otherwise, leave your name at the door or join the "virtual queue" and they will message you when your table is ready, but the combination of high quality and low prices means you could be waiting an hour. The early bird catches the table.

Dinner Fodor's Choice Italian Lunch $

Quick Facts

6 Southwark St.
London, Greater London  SE1 1TQ, England

No phone

Known For:
  • Low-priced, high-quality, handmade Italian pasta
  • Papardelle with eight-hour beef-shin ragù
  • No reservations and long waits
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No reservations

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