Italian | South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey

Probably the London restaurant that's done more for this city's passion for pasta than any other recent opening, Padella comes from the Trullo stable and serves up freshly-made-each-day pasta. The only downside is the permanent queue.

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Test Driving Padella - speedy pasta in Borough Market
The boys from Islington's Trullo bring fast-paced pasta south of the river 
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Restaurant details

6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ
Nearest tube: 
London Bridge
• No reservations
Best for: 
No reservations


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6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on June 26, 2016
"The tagliatelle with smoked eel and Amalfi lemon was just meltingly divine — everything you could want from an eel and a lemon, which happen to be two of my favourite ingredients." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Keith Miller Telegraph
Reviewed on June 10, 2016
"“Unremarkable but excellent” would also be the verdict on Padella, I guess. I had worried I wasn’t going to get anything I couldn’t make as well at home, and I was dead wrong about that." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on April 29, 2016
"I’ll be back, though, because even in food-stuffed Borough, Padella stands out. You’ll find me in a corner with an expression of glazed lust, hoovering up worms of pici like a deranged cuckoo." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Helen Graves Londonist
Reviewed by April 14, 2016
"You get the gist by now — we loved Padella, although we think some may find the portion size stingy. On the one hand, it’s nice to avoid a 2pm carb-coma, on the other it might not be enough to satisfy at dinnertime, when most would want two dishes per person, pushing up the cost." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Ben Norum Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 01, 2016
"In each case, the freshly made pasta is star, with just enough bite to satisfy and flavour to add interest, while leaving the rest up to the sauces." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Grace Dent Evening Standard
Reviewed on April 14, 2016
"Padella is a fine little find for proper but casual sustenance, bang in the heart of tourist London. It’s a formula that should be everywhere, but is actually rarer than hen’s teeth. " READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Tania Ballantine Time Out
Reviewed on April 06, 2016
"Starters and puds are simple but satisfying: think creamy burrata or beef carpaccio, both drizzled with fruity, peppery olive oil; or sweet crumbly tarts (the chocolate is especially good). But really, Padella is a place to eat pasta." READ REVIEW