Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate

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115 reviews
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Italian
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  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Waitresses were nice but too inattentive to the point we thought we had to order at the counter. Food was not bad but didn’t feel very special for a restaurant that is meant to specialise in pasta.

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IV
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good value for money and food was nice
Found the pancetta a little salty and we were not offered the dessert menu. Overall a great atmosphere and we loved that we weren’t bothered to leave or asked often how the food was and if we needed help. Enjoyed it! Thanks!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Service was a little slow at first but food was excellent. The burrata and pastas were delicious. Desserts were large but I was hoping for tiramisu or chocolate cake!

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J
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A great find and the food was absolutely fantastic!

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SA
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

highly recommended, excellent pasta, excellent service, nice environment, nice and lively !!!! if you want to eat good Italian food, come here !!!!

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fab food, quick service, great value. Really lovely for a quick lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pasta & desserts were amazing!

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KE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fourth time here and can’t rate it enough - the staff are great, the space is beautiful and the food is always amazing. Easily my favourite Italian in London. Love your work guys!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely waiter and the food was excellent. Lovely to go and relax and be treated well.

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O
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Really small portions - that would have been suitable for a child.
Actually left hungry - will not be returning and will not recommend.

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner here two nights in a row. Their handcrafted pasta is sublime and the sauce to match. The service was great too and we got our food very quickly. Would highly recommend to anyone!

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ET
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely spot, good value for the great quality pasta!

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NM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

quick service, lovely staff and yummy food - what’s not to live?!?! The seats at the bar are the best - you get to see the chefs in action! Awesome choice of music as well.

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NW
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food really is amazing. Simple fresh pasta with simple fresh ingredients. Maria and Ahmed are a super brother/sister compliment to the feelings the family food brings through. Arguably the best burrata tough comparison to treves around the corner. Service slips when busy like most places but I definitely recommend

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NW
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious fresh pasta and supporting ingredients. Definitely recommend if in the area

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TM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place! Food is top notch. Pasta made fresh every day, and when they run out, they close. Bolognese with Pappardelle was so good. Lamb ravioli in browned butter was the special of the day and just so yummy. Our friends said the carbonara with pancetta was amazing, and the marinara was really good, too. We loved the burrata over fresh tomatoes, which they have flown in from Italy every day. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the food prepared and plated. If you go, make a reservation because it is always crowded. Plan to dine earlier in the evening before pasta runs out. The other location is also very good.

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LP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely ambience and great service - highly recommend

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OR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

everything good, manager was working on laptop and notebook in restaurant ... didn’t look good

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I nice classy addition to Aldgate eateries. Not your usual offerings on the menu. Lamb ravioli? My friend loved it. Mushroom pasta for me. Mmmm. Abd a shared lemon cake dessert. Light and tangy. Lovely friendly staff. We were on the clock as going to a performance at Wiltons Music Hall nearby. Anticipated our needs and we were on our way in good time. I work in Aldgate so will be back again with colleagues.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pasta was delicious !!!!! Amazing flavours for a good price ! The atmosphere was really nice!

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IA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good!

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AM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Good pasta, but few options. Ravioli is good but portion is small

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I
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Cacao e pepe was a standout dish. The burrata with heritage tomatoes salad was really good too. Waiter was fast and attentive.

Affogato was really good also!

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It was nice but exactly that, nothing to shout about. The lack of offering cheese/black pepper annoyed me though. It’s a pasta place? You should offer/add it at the table, not just plonk down my dish drowned in cheese, lacking black pepper....

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JM
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Outstanding food and environment! Really cool place

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious pasta dishes and sinfully good desserts

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AM
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service. Can’t wait to go back!

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IG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place, very good food and staff is amazing;) If you would like try homemade, pasta you should go there;)

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SC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Had high hopes for what is being labeled as "the best pasta in London" but was left underwhelmed. Everything was a little bland. We ate early, around 1:30 on a Friday, which may explain for the lack of atmosphere, yet we walked past the St. Katharines Docks location 20 minutes beforehand and the place was bustling and lively. Despite the lack of customers at the time, the staff were reasonably unattentive but were friendly and polite when serving us. On the plus side, the Emilia's Special dessert was incredible. Overall we left feeling slightly disappointed and we probably wouldn't return.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Emilia’s pasta is excellent but the portions are quite small. I was disappointed with the portion size.

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M
London
20 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Visited again, food is wonderful.
However, we are again a bit concerned about the lacklustre staff / their engagement, not enough to put us off going again (yet), but it is a downside given the foods quality

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IA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were actually coming from Padela’s but couldn’t get a table due to a 3 hour wait. We then searched online and found Emilia’s and boy were we sure glad we didn’t get a table at the other pasta place! The food at Emilia’s was so good! The burratta was so fresh and the pasta was so al dente! I had the bolognese and it was amazing! I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food , great service at a very reasonable price. Nice evening out, we will be back.

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LL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great meal and experience at Emilia’s. Delicious food and good service. I have noticed that it is not always that busy, perhaps because of the location it feels a bit like it is surrounded by flats and high rises. Maybe if the restaurant could offer a happy hour or special deals, particularly to local residents, this might help! (I know that this would make me visit more regularly).

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The pasta with pesto is exquisite in texture, creaminess and taste. It's a comfortable environment with nice ambience. It is well worth the trip.

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P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious pasta, good portion size and an efficient service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Perfect pasta and wine what more could you want!! Great service from all the staff will be definitely making this one of my regular places to eat.

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GM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, simple, authentic Italian food - delicious.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the fresh homemade ravioli, service was friendly and attentive and overall a lovely evening. Would definitely come back

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KR
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for very tasty, authentic and reasonably priced pasta

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