Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate

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£25 and under
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Italian

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Bookings now open for our soft launch with 50% off all food and drink between 4th and 17th February. Full menu prices thereafter.

Emilia’s Aldgate is a fresh pasta restaurant located in the City within a few minutes walk of Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations. It's our second restaurant following on from our first critically acclaimed and award winning restaurant in St Katharine Docks.

At Emilia’s all our pasta is made fresh every morning in full view of passers-by and served from our fully open kitchen, combining the warmth and welcome of an Italian kitchen with the theatre and passion behind our pasta.

When the weather permits we also have al fresco dining on our terrace.

Our restaurant has a mixture of chef’s table bar counter seating, bar tables, shared tables, casual seating, tables and an outdoor area. For any specific requirements please call the restaurant directly or email us on aldgate@emiliaspasta.com
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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Lovely food but service was slow and portions a bit small. Prefer the one in st Katherine's dock.

P
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’ve visited several times and can honestly say the food is always exceptional. Simple, delicious Italian cuisine. The staff are really friendly and service is swift.
This visit was spoilt by an overpowering playlist of inappropriate tunes.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t express how much of an amazing time we had! I had read a mixture of reviews and wasn’t sure how the food/service would turn out but I honestly can’t fault the team. The pasta was phenomenal, the service was spot on and the atmosphere was ultra friendly. The staff there bent over backwards to help us with every request even though it was clearly a very busy night. Only thing I would say needs to improve is the lighting, the candles are a nice touch but it’s still much too dark for anyone with less than perfect eyesight to read the menu. We will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta was amazing, staff are like family and the service was really good. Very good pasta restaurant and won’t hurt the pocket!

MR
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, perfectly balanced casual-chic style/atmosphere. Staff were well natured and very polite. Food was high quality but portion sizes were not that big, but I guess that’s a good thing if you’re trying to watch your weight (what with all the carbs.) Overall, I recommend a visit and I hope to go back soon.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilia's pasta special of the day was one of the best meals I have had in a long time.. Great sauce, pasta was cooked perfectly and the people/service was fantastic.. Big Winner!!

R
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Arrived for dinner and all the options for vegetarians had run out during lunch (so they didn’t bother making a new batch of sauce), so was only left with the mushroom walnut option. No real apology if I’m honest but it wasn’t the waitress’ fault. Even an insincere one would’ve sufficed.

You can tell the pasta is good quality but I just hate nuts in my food, and was avidly trying to avoid this - quite difficult since it was roughly chopped and the plate was littered.

Restaurant was quiet upon entry (at 6pm), but a gentle buzz throughout the meal. A bit out of the way for me, and in all honestly, I don’t think I would go back. It wasn’t terrible; there are just so many delicious pasta bars now which aren’t inconvenient to travel to, much tastier, and ever so slightly cheaper.

Although, they do have generous portions over here!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We had few starters to share and then 5 different types of pasta, all amazing! I recommend the Bolognese with lots of fresh parmesan on the top, so tasty!
The service was super fast and all the staff was really friendly.
I'll be back soon!!!

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been wanting to try this place for a while - it was worth the wait!

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good location, food was quite good, and the service was quite good.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, quick and friendly staff. Recommend!!!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food to share a great time with friends . Nothing fancy just a good place!

FF
London
22 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Soft lighting, wooden tables and benches, an open kitchen all added to the lovely evening meal we had here. Delicious pasta, between us we had all the dishes and no one was disappointed.

Good wine to accompany the pasta. Great Burratta too, you can taste the quality.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, reasonably priced but limited selection and not the largest of portions. Nothing negative to report but lacked the wow factor I was hoping for. Worth a visit if around but Il Bordello just over in Wapping would be my recommendation.

b
Tallahassee
16 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Inevitably food that tasted great
Expertly prepared

JJ
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and good value.

JP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

An interesting selection of lovely pastas and a good lunch time offer

T
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went on recommendation, however I felt that the cost for a small plate of pasta albeit a tasty one was expensive. Also the limited wine choice was expensive so we went for a house white which was just ok.

s
London
77 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A small restaurant in a corporate-feeling area of town, with a great simple menu where brevity=quality. Delicious pasta dishes and starters/salads, and a limited wine menu. Good value for money.

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Sadly very disappointed on this visit. The carbonara was so al dente it was inedible, a new was made but the sauce was just awful and not reminiscent of a carbonara in the slightest. Left hungry, will not be returning.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant! Really good, simple fresh pasta at a more than affordable price. I’ve eaten in really high end Italians that have fancy pasta with all sorts of exquisite ingredients but honestly sometimes I just want a simple pasta without paying an arm and a leg. Really friendly staff that care about every customer.

GP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Locale non molto accogliente. Mi aspettavo di più. Casereccie al pesto non eccezzionali.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The experience was good but did not blow my mind. My pasta was good but the wife had the tuna pasta and she could not taste any tuna in there. The service was good but we had to wait quite long to get the bill. Might not go back in the future.

SS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service. Authentic Italian food but would love to see Gluten Free options on the menu! Thanks

L
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food came out very slowly, we had to chase multiple times for our food and drinks. In the end, the mains took around 45mins to arrive. The original Emilia’s pasta food was much nicer. They also ran out of two out of around six desserts and it wasn’t even 9pm.

AM
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really loved the food very homemade.
The only complaint I have is that pappardelle pasta was very chewy and too al dente for me personally. I struggled to eat it. Regarding the dessert I would have liked some non mainstream options but I guess they are trying to cater to the masses.
I would definitely go back but ask them to cook the pasta much longer and just don't order dessert.

KR
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and very good value
Authentic pasta. Great place

MR
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pesto caserecce are excellent. Coming from Italy, this was probably the best pasta I've had outside my country at such value. Also service went very far by bringing free dessert for us both to cover a mistake in the pasta order (easily solved)

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by employee, seated and drink order taken, was maybe 5 minutes.
Bresaola and burrata salad was very good. Pasta was served "al dente" and was very taste. The dessert "emilia special" was fabulous.
The waitresses was very friendly and helpful.
For sure...see you again.

JW
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Would recommend but only under certain circumstances/for certain occasions as a result of good food vs atmosphere/noise/staff

l
London
25 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Really nice and fresh pasta! Would definitely come back to try the other dishes.

PK
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Portions small, overly priced for just pasta.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in London, authentic cuisine.
The service was first class, was quick and the staff very friendly.
The food was delicious.
We look forward to coming back to our new favourite restaurant soon.

HK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we finally tried Emilia's. We desperately needed an Italian in the area. Emilia's is a perfect new local for me. Will definitely be going back for more visits.

OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alles hat gepasst.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place for pasta. I love it every time! Amazing food and very nice staff! I would definitely recommend.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been meaning to try Emilia’s for ages and finally did. The food was delicious and really good value, and the staff were lovely. There were three of us and we had the Bolognese, carbonara and mushroom with walnut sauce. All of them were fab. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Small portions though - can serve a bit more food for the price charged!

EL
London
82 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven't visited for a few months, but were greeted like old friends. The food was as wonderful as ever (though I wonder when they will introduce a few new dishes...) and the staff (led by the fantastic Maria) looked after us as our two children very well. We will return.

A
London
17 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great pasta, except the salmon ones, my friend did not enjoy. Price is excellent! Our waiter however was not friendly at all

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