Proper Pasta

John Gregory-Smith ON Feb 12, 2010 AT 9:59 pm

Kitchen Italia

Kitchen Italia

By John Gregory-Smith

Kitchen Italia is the new pasta restaurant by Jamie Barber who also brought us the wonderful Villandry restaurants. You can find them at Westfield or Covent Garden. I love Italian food but am always very suspicious of pasta joints; always thinking of horrid, watery, soggy pasta, drowning in sauce. Kitchen Italia put this to bed, the restaurants are modern and really funky with long tables and booths, covered in olive oils, parmesan cheese and basil plants. There’s a huge open kitchen serving well prepared well priced Italian food.

We went for the parmesan and mozzarella risotto balls. They were crispy on the outside and creamy and rich inside, served on a spicy tomato dip, yummy. For our mains we went for the Mafaldine (fat wiggly tagliatelli-like pasta) with spicy sausages and rich tomato sauce and the classic carbonara. They were both fantastic. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, well seasoned and with just the right amount of sauce. The spicy sausage had a lovely warming chilli kick and the sauce had that lovely slow cooked rich tomatoey flavour. The carbonara was perfect; a rich, creamy, cheesy, light yellow sauce, which clung to the pasta with salty bacon pieces scattered throughout, amazing! At the waiters recommendation we finished dinner with the crispy chocolate ravioli. It was a great suggestion. You bite into the crispy sweet ravioli and warm chocolate oozes out, everyone’s a winner.

I really enjoyed Kitchen Italia the food was fresh and tasty, the restaurant cool, staff amazing and the bill very wallet friendly. The pasta dishes range from £7-£10 a bargain and well worth a visit or a revisit in my case.

Kitchen Italia will open on 8th December at 41 Earlham Street, WC2 9LX
Tel:  020 7632 9500 email:
Open daily from:  11am-11.30pm Monday- Saturday / 11am-10.30pm Sunday
Kitchen Italia is also at Westfield, Southern Terrace, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GB
Tel: 020 8749 9133 Email:

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