Since we’re all about change in 2020, this year we skipped the traditional Valentine’s Day date and instead went on a romantic rendezvous with our four-legged best friend.
So, with PAWsecco in tow, we took our resident doggy journalist, Charlie TeamCocopup, to a Doggy Valentine’s date to Pastaio London, one of the most delicious pasta places in town.
Located right by buzzy, bustling Carnaby Street Pastaio London is as bright and colourful inside, as its cool Covent Garden locale. Once inside, you are immediately greeted by the aroma of freshly made pasta – and the burst of bold colour of the restaurant’s Rob Lowe designed feature wall where TeamCocopup and I found a cosy corner table for our doggy date.
There’s plenty of authentic Italian fare to choose from, and it’s also worth talking about how Pastaio London has an entire vegan/gluten-free green menu for those looking to extend their Veganuary to the rest of the year. The vegan menu offers healthy starters like the Sardinian crispbread, and the Taggiasca olive and orange salad; to gluten-free pastas such as the smoked chili and black olives spaghetti and the Ragu Bolognese with porcini mushrooms.
All the food is made on-site in Pastaio London’s kitchen and you can really tell the difference. We started with the red cabbage, squash, and hazelnut starter, followed by the Wild mushroom, garlic, lemon and parsley reginette. Both paired with some truly zesty Prosecco Slushies. The piece de resistance, however, has to be the ‘Lady & the Tramp ‘style Spaghetti & Meatballs sharing plate. The dish is for two to share, and while, you can share your bowl with your doggy-date we highly recommend getting your pup his/her own bowl instead.
With a generous serving, the Spaghetti and Meatballs is everything you’d expect from a perfect bowl a pasta, albeit given that ‘al dente’ twist that Pastaio London has perfected. TeamCocopup Charlie gobbled his portion up in due time, and of course, posed for his ‘Lady & the Tramp’ moment too. The staff were nothing short of superb and gave our resident doggy-journalist plenty of fuss We’re definitely giving Pastaio London five stars/paws and will soon be coming back for a second (or third) serving.
The Spaghetti & Meatballs Sharing Plate will be available in Pastaio London until 24 February