Tavolino Bar & Kitchen
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The fact that Tavolino’s terrace overlooks one of London’s quintessential landmarks - Tower Bridge - could make you think that this isn’t a restaurant that’ll make you feel like you’ve broken free of the city. But you’d be wrong, because this very well might be the best terrace in the whole of London. Serving handmade pasta and proper negronis, their huge, rattan-chaired terrace has something very dolce vita about it. There are big views of the river. There are little kids frolicking in the nearby fountains. And there’s a whole lot of ricotta on the menu. By the way, if you come here without getting involved in the nduja tagliatelle or the cacio e pepe, then you’re doing it wrong.
Is the cacio e pepe at Tavolino the best in London? No. See above. See below. But, importantly, their huge outdoor terrace overlooking Tower Bridge, might be our favourite place to actually eat cacio e pepe. Don’t get us wrong, they’re generous with the pepper and the bucatini has excellent bite. We’re just saying that you’re here for that cheesy pasta and you’re here for the views. A negroni or two won’t hurt either.
Bucatini ‘cacio e pepe’’
“Those three little words that every human longs to hear. Cacio e Pepe. The people behind handmade pasta spot Bancone have just opened a new all-day Italian restaurant called Tavolino. Or as I like to call it, My New Home. The sauce was super thick, just the way I like it, and there was a proper al dente bite to the bucatini. My breath stank of pepper and it was glorious.”
Tagliatelle, spicy nduja, and pork ragu
“If you think I went to Tavolino and just had one pasta, you are sadly mistaken. I have two hands and easy access to two forks. The result: Shoveling this tagliatelle in my mouth between bites of bucatini. The spicy nduja in the pork ragu sneaks up on you and then shouts ‘SURPRISE, I AM BETTER THAN 99% OF LONDON’S OTHER RAGU PASTAS’. Honestly, some of the best multi-tasking I’ve ever done.”
There’s a new Italian bar and restaurant on the Southwark riverside serving things like pizza alla Norma, silk handkerchiefs with walnut butter and confit Burford Brown yolk, or pan-seared hake.