If, like me, your idea of suppertime heaven is a giant bowl of spaghetti, join the queue at Padella. This cute neighborhood Italian opened in May this year, and has received national praise from critics and customers alike.

We thought it was high time we headed down and tried it for ourselves.

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The Verdict

We hit the jackpot with a seat at the bar, happily watching the chefs in the open kitchen, tossing fresh pasta with a succinct selection of classic and seasonal sauces whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz.

We were pleased to see there was a little more to the menu than pasta and we started our meal by ordering the Padella sourdough with Puglian olive oil, Salame “Lovison” and Burrata with Olive Oil. The sourdough was beautifully baked and went perfectly with the creamy Burrata and lightly spiced Salame.

Padella’s dedication to proper pasta sets this Italian apart from the rest. With just 6 options to choose from, we settled for the Ravioli of ricotta with sage butter and the daily special of Cornish crab, lemon and chilli Tagliarini. The Ravioli of ricotta with sage butter (£8.20) were little cheesy pillows of light pasta whilst the dorset crab (£12) had a very delicate flavour, which could have benefited from a touch more chilli.

We finished our meal with an intense if rather well-baked piece of almond tart with fresh rhubarb and two espresso’s which took us back to past holidays in Italy.

Ruth | Marketing

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