Had enough of the Christmas turkey and mince pies for another year? Then keep on reading for it’s time to switch up your palette over to some homemade fresh pasta spiced up with some good old Italian family hospitality as Mrs Jonas Recommends Pasta Remoli!
Nuzzled a stone’s throw away from the entrance to Finsbury Park tube station, you have the newly vibrant and hip area located on Clifton Terrace. Just over a year ago, never would I have pictured myself to want to go and dine right by the station! However, the rise of the arts in the area and popularity of the local Park Theatre has seen the area flourish and new businesses move in to create an inviting and friendly hot spot to an area that was somewhat forgotten amongst its fellow north Londoners. Whether you want to have a quick drink with friends, catch a performance or try a few different cuisines, there is something for everyone in Clifton Terrace!
Now when it comes to Italian food, for me, it pretty much falls in the same category as Indian food. Whether I’m dining in a restaurant or getting a take away, it has to be outstanding (especially if I can make the same thing at home, and well I’ve travelled a bit around Italy and eaten some AMAZING food so my expectations are high!). Pasta Remoli, well…was definitely something that I could not replicate at home! Using only the freshest of ingredients, the chefs at Pasta Remoli bring you the true essence of Italy such as carefully selected Buffalo mozzarella from Naples, cherry tomatoes from Fondi, olive oil from Sicily, pecorino from Rome and, free range eggs from Southern Italy.
If there was a pasta heaven then it would be situated in Finsbury park right in Pasta Remoli! With endless fresh pasta and sauce options, long periods of decision making and periods of food envy are inevitable. I love the relaxed atmosphere in Pasta Remoli and with diners coming in to eat, the option to just pop in and take some fresh pasta home to cook should you wish to is quite a tempting possibility. With fairly lots of choices, there need to be some guidance and the staff members are very polite and helpful when it comes to that. They would offer suggestions of wines that pair with a certain meal and what pastas and sauces work well together depending on what your palette and preference is. It made our dining there a pleasant experience for us so without further delay here is what we ate.
Mix Bruschetta (to the left) and Burrata Cheese with Parma Ham (to the right)
The Mains work either in a “build/create your own kind of way” or you can pick straight off the specials. I opted for a build your own and here’s how: first you pick your choice of pasta, plain or filled. Each of these comes with a sub selection for example, a plain pasta option can be anything from Tagliatelle, Spaghetti, Pappardelle, etc. Alternatively, the filled pasta option ranged from Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Truffle and Mushroom Ravioli, and Aubergine and Roasted Tomarto Ravioli etc. After choosing your pasta, you move onto choosing your sauce from a base of tomato or white sauce based options, examples being tomato and basil, beef bolognese, etc or butter and sage cheese sauce. Then the final stage is the ‘extra bits’ and by that I’m talking of full on over indulgences with a bit of Parmigiano, salted ricotta or buratta etc. So what did I go for?
Filled Pasta: Aubergine and Roasted Tomato Ravioli with (extra spicy) Arriabbiata sauce spinkled with a bit of parmigiano.
After all the above, let’s not forget some very good wine! There was no way I had any more room for desert, but was easily convinced on the ‘sharing option’. We were recommended the tiramisu option and whilst the picture doesn’t give it justice, believe me when I say I wish I had ordered my own!
Mrs J’s verdict – Dining at Pasta Remoli is what I would call living the Italian dream. This simple yet high quality fresh food is totally statisfying and mouthwatering and best of all affordable for all. For Chef Simone Remoli discovering his passion of hand made pasta at the age of 5 has benefited us all. Not wanting to bore on with how much I love Pasta Remoli, I ask you to go and try it out for yourself!
Mrs J xx
*I was a guest of Pasta Remoli