"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti" – Sophia Loren
20 August 2020
Nonna Tonda, London-wide delivery
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. There are two options available each week – a meat or vegetarian dish – and orders are available for up to six people.
From £6.80 per portion, nationwide delivery, nonnatonda.co.uk
Bancone, Covent Garden and Golden Square
Guests flock to Bancone in Covent Garden and Westminster for its handmade pasta dishes, ranging from spinach and ricotta parcels wrapped up in ravioli to ribbons of mafaldine and squid ink tagliolini, alongside cured meats and burrata. While the Covent Garden restaurant remains closed, the Golden Square outpost is offering home delivery within a five-mile radius, including gluten-free options, while pasta kits can be dispatched London-wide – just add olive oil and parmesan to serve.
From £17 for pasta kits, London-wide delivery, bancone.co.uk
Pasta Evangelists, nationwide delivery
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 pre-mixed cocktails to your delivery. Stocked in the Harrods food hall and co-founded by Giles Coren, this is no ordinary delivery service, known for its fuss-free, restaurant-standard dishes, packed full of flavour.
From £6.80 per portion, nationwide delivery, pastaevangelists.com
Pophams Bakery, Hackney and Islington
Pophams Bakery started serving fresh pasta dishes at its Hackney space last year, and since the pandemic has expanded its offering beyond its restaurant’s walls. Take home pasta kits can be pre-ordered and collected from both the London Fields and Islington outposts, and those lucky enough to live within a one-mile radius can have theirs delivered. Executive chef Phil King is behind the kitchen, where spools of pappardelle and tagliatelle are handmade and beautifully parcelled up. Add a choice of oxtail ragu, house pomodoro, spicy Nduja or Sicilian-inspired pesto sauce and top with lashings of parmesan cheese.
From £6.85 per portion, collection from Hackney and Islington, pophamsbakery.com
Lina Stores, across London
Pasta is what Italian delicatessen and restaurant Lina Stores does best, and the pandemic has done little to stop this. Available for London delivery only are fresh and dry pasta kits, each serving 8-10 plates of pasta and coming complete with sauces, toppings and side dishes. In the fresh kit, artichoke and truffle green ravioli, caserecce and papardelle are served with homemade tomato and bologna sauces, salted organic butter and Parimigiano Reggiano DOP. The dry spaghetti, rigatoni and bucatini kit comes with the same sauces plus a hot of tasty toppings and side dishes: capers, Sicilian artichokes and Bella Di Cerignola green olives.
£32, delivery across London, shop.linastores.co.uk
La Mia Mamma, Kensington
La Mia Mamma is a charming pop-up restaurant in Kensington with authentic 'mammas' helming the kitchen, hailing from Italy. Launched during lockdown, 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 canolli. It also comes with dried provisions, premium extra virgin olive oil and two bottles of wine to wash it all down with. The supersized care package includes enough food for one week and a half portion is also available at £70.
£118, London-wide delivery within 3-4 working days, lamiamamma.co.uk
La Tua Pasta, nationwide delivery
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 Market. Stock up on spaghetti, pappardelle and stuffed tortellini through La Tua Pasta's website, alongside vegan and gluten-free options. The “Bunker Box” is an all-encompassing, bumper feast of 36 dishes, including classics like gnocchi filled with tomato and mozzarella and braised wild boar tortelloni, alongside antipasti and Italian cheese.
Pasta from £2.50 per portion, nationwide delivery latuapasta.com