What's the draw
Pasta maestros Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda bring their doughy magic to Borough Market with the welcome addition of the very reasonably priced Padella. Inside, Art Deco lighting glows softly against white-washed walls, chairs and tables are effortlessly chic in dark wood, and paper menus are splotched with olive oil, transporting you straight to Milan.
What to drink
Choose from three Italian cocktails (we had a negroni, obviously) before selecting from two red wines, two white and two British craft beers. We were rather impressed to see a 2014 Kingscote The Bacchus – a highly praised white wine from Sussex – on the menu, but ended up with a glass of 2014 Sicilian nero d'avola to go with our meal, before finishing with some limoncello. Saluti.
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What to eat
We plumped for three antipasti to share between two: sourdough with a grassy, fresh-tasting 2015 Chiarentana Estate olive oil; burrata so creamily perfect it seemed on the verge of collapse; and bruschetta slathered in borlotti beans and dollops of deliciously spicy salsa rossa. As for the main event, rabbit tortellini were plump little parcels of butter-soft meat, while ravioli stuffed with ricotta were elevated by the zesty tang of lemon. Don't be fooled by the size of the dishes – it's definitely quality over quantity here. As for dessert, you'll just have to find out for yourself. We're already planning to go back next week.
Dinner and drinks for two, about £50. 6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ; padella.co