Emilia’s Crafted Pasta comes to St KatsAutumn 2016
Exquisite, hand-made pasta in an idyllic waterside location
Inspired by founder Andrew Macleod’s lifelong dream to open the best pasta restaurant outside of Italy, beautiful crafted pasta will arrive in St Katharine Docks at the end of October. All the pasta – hand-drawn at the top of the menu to guide diners – will be made daily on site, crafted on the marble counter tops in full view of passers-by every morning. Head chef Simone Stagnitto, who hails from Genoa, has taken inspiration from pasta recipes passed down the generations by his grandmother, to bring the food to life in this buzzing waterside spot in the heart of the City.
So, what’s on the menu? Simone and Andrew will be serving some dishes that have never been seen before in London, like Parmesan Balls – delicious, melt-in-the-mouth fried Parmesan, shaped into small balls – as well as twists on classics such as a bolognese made heartier with homemade béchamel. The house-made pesto is also filled to the brim with Parmesan, making it wonderfully creamy and proper Genovese. Simone and Andrew have spent the last eighteen months studying the science and geometry of pasta and have talked to chefs all over Italy to ensure Emilia’s offers the finest pasta possible. All the food will be made from scratch on site to guarantee freshness, authenticity and taste.
What’s the style of the place? Reclaimed cargo timber for cupboards and shelving will complement the marble-topped pasta bars, while terracotta shaded floor tiles have been sourced from rural parts of Italy to give a rustic character to this lively Italian pasta bar. There will be around 35 covers including space outside overlooking the docks, and the restaurant will open every day for coffee at 10.30 am, whilst the chefs prepare the pasta in time for lunch service.
What about the liquid menu? Drinks, such as the Lurisia Gazzosa, an artisan lemonade usually only found in Italy and Amarcord Gradisca, a unique Italian craft beer will feature. Coffee has been sourced from ‘The Roasting’, a small independent Italian roaster with a coffee shop in Victoria, which Simone swears is the closest to real Italian coffee you will find in London. The wine menu is simplicity itself, with one white, red, rose and prosecco. The standout wine is the Contesa Pecorino IGT Colline Pescaresi, a pale yellow wine with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom, first produced over 800 years ago by Benedictine monks.
Despite growing up in the rougher parts of West London, Andrew went on to set up his first successful business while at college aged just seventeen. Memories of travelling throughout Italy as a young adult and eating authentic pasta inspired Emilia’s, Andrew’s first restaurant.
As Andrew says, “Emilia’s will offer the tastiest Italian pasta in London served in a theatrical environment – a memorable experience at a very affordable price point – you’re not going to want to eat pasta anywhere else! I can’t wait for Londoners to try Simone’s incredible dishes, which burst with flavour and sunshine.”
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta will be opening at the end of October.
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