"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti" – Sophia Loren
Pasta has been having quite the boom time in the capital. The weeknight staple has been transformed from humble and comforting carb to the kind of elevated dish that sees queues snaking out the doors of restaurants from Borough to Brixton. Now, following the success of mid-lockdown pivots to finish-at-home kits and delivery services, it’s easier than ever to get your fix of the capital’s best pasta dishes from home. From handcrafted pappardelle through your postbox to silky tortelloni on demand, here's where to pick up date night-worthy pasta kits and home deliveries in the capital – just like nonna used to make.
Formerly a restaurant in Victoria's Market Hall, Nonna Tonda has migrated its menu of popular pasta dishes online. Fresh pasta is rolled every morning and tossed with sauces that range from creamy walnut and langoustine bisque to succulent, eight-hour braised lamb shoulder, served with parmesan and a complementing garnish. Offered on a subscription basis, there are two options available each week – a meat/seafood and vegetarian dish – and orders are available for up to six people.
From £5 per portion, nationwide delivery, nonnatonda.co.uk
The original pioneer of pasta delivery kits, Pasta Evangelists has been creating letterbox-friendly linguini and other such dishes since 2015. The company collaborates with a range of London suppliers for its generous fillings, as well as sourcing ingredients direct from Italy. Seasonal offerings change weekly, ranging from Sardinian lamb ragù with tubular paccheri pasta to wild mushroom and porcini ravioli coated with creamy truffle butter sauce, and you can also add antipasti and desserts to your delivery. Stocked in the Harrods food hall and co-founded by Giles Coren, this is no ordinary delivery service, and is renowned for its fuss-free, restaurant-standard dishes packed full of flavour.
From £6.50 per portion, nationwide delivery, pastaevangelists.com
Pasta is what Italian delicatessen and restaurant Lina Stores does best. Its fresh and dry pasta kits are available for a mix of London-only and nationwide delivery, depending on ingredients, and come in a variety of sizes, from single dishes to lavish feasts. Its fresh pasta kit, for example, serves 8-10 plates of pasta complete with sauces, toppings and side dishes and includes artichoke and truffle green ravioli, casarecce and pappardelle served with homemade tomato and bologna sauces, salted organic butter and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP. Other options include a lasagne verdi alla bolognese and tiramisu kit, pipi alla norcina and an indulgent pappardelle and homemade braised lamb kit.
From £8.50 per dish, delivery across London/nationwide, shop.linastores.co.uk
La Mia Mamma
La Mia Mamma is a charming pop-up restaurant in Kensington with authentic Italian 'mammas' helming the kitchen. The ‘Mamma’s Survival Pack’ curates a generous mix of Italian goodies from the restaurant’s pantry, including mixed charcuterie, aubergine parmigiana and Italian cheeses, as well ‘make your own’ kits for pasta, pizza and cannoli. It also comes with dried provisions, premium extra virgin olive oil and two bottles of wine to wash it all down. The supersized care package includes enough food for one week and a half portion is also available at £70. Just want to dip your toe in? La Mia Mamma's 'Sunday in...' packs promise to take you on a culinary tour of Bologna, Genova and Naples.
From £35, nationwide delivery within seven days, lamiamamma.co.uk
La Tua Pasta
In London, a ‘pastificio’ or ‘artisan pasta maker’, is a rare sight. Since 2006, La Tua Pasta has been handcrafting fresh pasta for hotels and restaurants, as well as trading at Broadway and Borough Markets. Stock up on spaghetti, pappardelle and stuffed tortellini through La Tua Pasta's website, alongside vegan and gluten-free options. The range is vast, spanning single dish boxes to pasta discovery kits and the Ultimate Pasta Provisions Box, featuring 36 meal portions, antipasti, desserts and plenty of parmesan.
From £5 per dish, nationwide delivery latuapasta.com
Launched by Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard of Chelsea’s Elystan Street, Otto offers a choice of eight freshly prepared pasta dishes each month (otto is Italian for eight). Ranging from elegantly simple to rich and decadent, expect flavourful combinations with a focus on seasonality. Recent menu highlights include gnocchetti with late summer tomatoes, mascarpone and basil, fusilli with octopus, red onion, garlic, fennel, orange zest and chilli and Otto’s signature strozzapreti with black winter truffles, butter and parmesan – the only dish that remains available year-round, due to its popularity.
From £15.50 per double portion, nationwide delivery ottopasta.com