Reviewed by Emma Rogers
Mangio Pasta and Bottega is a quiet pasta bar in between the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. You can’t miss the Italian themed shop front that oozes character and charm. Inside, the premise is simple – three types of fresh pasta, three different fresh sauces to choose from, salad, soup and Italian bread. Sounds simple – and it is. Fresh Italian food cooked right in front of you in a matter of minutes, perfect for lunch or on the go, it’s even packaged up for you to take away.
First up, we tried the homemade soup with parmesan cheese (£4.50). Unbelievably flavoursome and a perfect lunchtime meal (it was so filling!), it’s hard to think that this is such a simple dish because it’s so well-seasoned and rich with fresh vegetables. We also tried the ravioli with sausage sauce and cappellacci with parmesan sauce. Each of them were so light and delicious that it’s not hard to believe that the pasta is made fresh on site. Yes, really, you can see one of the expert Italian chefs actually making the pasta from scratch behind the counter, whilst another chef cooked up the sauce. I can’t think of anywhere else in London (apart from the Michelin restaurants!) where you can get fresh pasta for lunch in under 4 minutes for only £5.80. The whole meal deal (pasta, side salad, cheese and bread) costs £7.50 but if you’re like us, you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day with the amount of food you’re given!
This is definitely a restaurant I’ll be going back to for lunch as often as possible, and maybe taking home for dinner too!
For more information or to view menu visit www.mangio.co.uk.
Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday closed.
Mangio Pasta and Bottega, 30-32 Knightrider Street, London, EC4V 5JT | 020 7489 7044