Just passed London Bridge, facing the street at Borough market is the newly opened Padella restaurant. The restaurant won the “Best Cheap Eat” award at the Observer Food Monthly awards and is the place to go for some proper tasty pasta. The pasta is all hand made on the premises. The menu has about 5 different varieties of authentic pasta and they serve that, and only that, as the main course. I went there on a weekday before they won the awards and we had to queue for 25 min to get a table. There is a no booking policy so if you want to taste a bit of Pasta heaven then be prepared to queue. I’ve been there and it was well worth the wait.
The owners, Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda, were up for just about anything. After discussing ideas by email Tim offered to make extra pasta so we could embalm him in a large fresh sheet of genuine pasta. As I arrive at the restaurant an elderly Italian woman stood sweating over a pasta machine preparing a sheet big enough to cover Tim. A few minutes later, we had created a cannibal’s favourite Tortellini.