Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate

4.4
594 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Emilia’s Aldgate is a fresh pasta restaurant located in the City within a few minutes’ walk of Aldgate/Aldgate East tube stations. It's our second restaurant following on from our first critically acclaimed and award-winning restaurant.

At Emilia’s all our pasta is made fresh every morning in our restaurant in full view of passers-by and served from our fully open kitchen. In true respect of Italian tradition, we use certified Italian produce and try our best to ensure no additives, artificial ingredients, preservatives or anything unnatural is in our food. We believe that food is much better when it’s 100% natural.

Our restaurant has a mixture of chef’s bar/counter seating (overlooking the open kitchen), normal tables, high top bar seats and a covered outdoor terrace.

P.S. We care for our people, our communities and the world around us. Please visit our website (www.emiliaspasta.com) if you would like to learn more about our approach to Sustainability.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 594 people are saying
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Paul
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, delicious pasta and reasonable prices!

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LouiseV
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fresh food & gorgeous fresh original, real pasta dishes.
Very friendly staff & attentive service from all.
Definitely want to return.

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Abbie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta, everyone really enjoyed it and had a great time

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Nina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious. Surprised by the Tiramisum, it is really nice and I enjoyed the whole dining experience here. Will definitely come back again in the future

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Kiki
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Food was amazing, service was average didn’t feel too welcomed though. Only complaint is it felt like a rainforest inside (super humid, there was condensation all over the windows and even the tables). Felt too uncomfortable to ask if they could open a window or door or something.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Everything is okay but a lot of items were unavailable

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SueG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Very dark. Had to ask for candles to read the menu. Food great, service great but need to switch some lights on!

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OD97
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food absolutely delicious. Recommend standard seating. Tables quite close together which was fine for me + partner, but may not be to the taste of others.

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JasVal
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was amazing and the Caccio e Pepe was to die for.

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Cassie
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good, foood was simple but tasted delicious, would definitely recommend

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AndrewR
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food and great value for money. Really attentive and friendly staff. Will definitely be returning.

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice fresh food and good service, wine is also good value

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hantello10
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really tasty, lovely pasta!

The only improvement I would say, is I think a bigger menu (offering more starters/sides) would be great.
And the drinks we had weren't great (a cocktail, and a white wine were quite difficult to drink) so more options here too would be great.

But overall, YUMMY pasta, great service and nice ambience.

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Joan
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pasta dishes and well priced for London. Staff were attentive and good atmosphere.

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susanas
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Éramos un grupo que hicimos reserva previa. La comida muy buena. Somos españoles.
Cierran cocina a las 22h por lo que has de pedir muy rápido. Teníamos reserva 21:30h. No pudimos pedir postre. Nos trajeron la cuenta sin pedirla. Todo rápido !!!
Luego al irnos en el lavabo escuchamos conversaciones en español criticando nuestra mesa.
Es muy poco profesional criticar a los clientes y en voz alta.
Nosotros hicimos reserva, fuimos muy correctos para que unos camareros nos criticaran.
Así que muy mal la experiencia.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sehr gute, übersichtliche Speisekarte, sehr leckeres Essen, und toller Service.
Einziger Wermutstropfen für uns: sehr laut und eng - eher Kneipenathmosphäre.

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theariannam
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Let’s start by saying I had high expectations due to the hype around their “homemade” pasta.

We arrived at the restaurant and it was extremely dark. They placed us at a table for 2 with no space to move and we were constantly pushed by the waiters going around. We noticed 4 more tables for 2 completely empty and kindly asked if we could move; they refused as “it’s all organised like this, sorry”, very strange.

The menu offers average starters, and average sides. Skip to the main event: the pasta (8 options). I picked truffled cacio e Pepe caserecce and my friend ordered a Salmon carbonara.

Let me say I always finish my dish even if it’s not the best, as I don’t like to make a fuss. However, this was absolutely terrible. Pasta was extremely overcooked, floppy and mushy, the taste was bland almost like eating plastic. I was in shock, never would I expect to be absolutely disgusting. My friend dish was less overcooked but taste again was bland and watery.

At this point we didn’t want to complain so we decided to stop eating and just ask for the bill. The waiter approached us and asked how it was. We said “not great unfortunately”. He apologised and offered a complimentary dessert/coffee, so we asked for 2 espresso.

Then the bill arrived and it went downhill. The ink in the receipt was barely visible so we just asked to split evenly. The waitress told me it was £26.75 each, so I paid without thinking and then she realised the actual total was £31.50 so she started apologising. I said not to worry my friend could have just paid the rest. The waitress told my friend she had to pay £6.75, which at the time we didn’t think and left thinking it was right. The right amount left to paid was £4. Once left, we had a look at the bill and guess what not only we paid more but we ended up paying the 2 ESPRESSOS they offered us.

NEVER AGAIN. STOP hyping this place. Go and find authentic Italian gems in London.

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EmilyG
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the staff were all so friendly highly recommended sitting on the high table!

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ReineM
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It is tasteless. We ordered the walnut sauce caserecce and the truffle and pepe. Both tasteless.

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Iris
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, the service was great, the ambience was amazing!

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TrishC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food but music is way too loud to have a comfortable meal with friends.

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PaolaV
Puebla
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I’ve ever had. We all ordered different ones and every each of them was amazing. I will definitely come back to try all of them!

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience and would not hesitate to recommend others to try Emilia's Crafted Pasta.

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CharlotteF
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Mix up with receiving food, took over an hour.
Service staff lovely and apologetic

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vipJulie
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I have ever had in London. Both restaurants are amazing

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RCKemp
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

We were going in expecting a delicious Italian experience with red wine and a tomatoe bolognese. It was over priced and not at all something I would recommend. I found the ethos and the story behind the restaurant inspiring but the quality is the food was unfortunately below par.

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ScarlettD
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere- definitely coming again!! Such a great night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As much as I look to review for guidance on where to have my next meal out, I’m delighted I didn’t pay too much attention to the pre ious reviews about the customer service being slow. On my particular occasion, the service was excellent, very attentive. The food was DELICIOUS. Some of the best ravioli I had. Safe to say I will be going there again!

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GeorgeD
Manchester
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Felt a little abandoned in the doorway when we arrived within four minutes of our booking time and there was no table. Also no gap between first and second course (absolutely no gap) suggesting our pasta was ready some time before we had finished our antipasto. Otherwise the food and wine were enjoyable and the service attentive and friendly.

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UgneL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Too loud… you can’t even order properly. Food was ok, but difficult to eat because of the size of the tavle for 2

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Pierre
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best pasta in London hands down. Recommend getting starter (burrata is amazing) and main dish for full experience

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KarinL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

That was our second attempt to get into the Aldgate restaurant and it was worth it.

The onkt thing I would say is the restaurant is quite dark which makes reading the menu a but difficult but nice venue and great food. Would visit again.

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dillapat
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The best pasta i’ve had in London so far!

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ChadJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good. The menu was simple yet covered the pasta bases for any Italian craving I would have.

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kate
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta in London for me! Highly recommended!!!

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Hanna
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is so great, and value for money for sure, portions are generous too. However service was extremely slow. They were friendly and once we had ordered something it came timely but to get someone to notice us and come to the table so we can order or get the bill took ages each time.

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GrahamW
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, pleasant surroundings and good staff care. Thanks

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Kitz
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really lovely food and a reasonable price for London! I will definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon carb loading! It was great! Food was delicious, good value and good service. Would go back!

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EvaW
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely pasta and lovely staff

FAQs

Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7702 9944.

Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate is rated 4.4 stars by 594 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.