Emilia's Crafted Pasta - Aldgate

4.4
454 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 454 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Abbey
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Super disappointed! The service was very slow - we were without water and service for nearly an hour. We saw other customers arrive after us and get served their food before we did. We then got fold we’d be taken care of, got asked what drinks we’d like, and then got no discount at the end. Was most disappointed! The food didn’t taste fresh either.

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LouieH97
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pasta was amazing & cocktails were also, nice touch using pasta straws.

Service was great also.

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DanS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fantastic service, staff were very pleasant and welcoming too. If you’re after a great London restaurant that isn’t too expensive I highly recommend.

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djcassels
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, amazing wine and amazing service. Hopefully this restaurant can keep their highest standards as it no doubt expands.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Portions are a little on the small side but the price reflects this. We had a table by the toilets so there was people queuing next to the table which wasn’t great but the service from the staff was good and very friendly. The starters were excellent especially the bruschetta! Would recommend if you’re looking for something quick, cheapish and cheerful.

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just fantastic, the best fresh pasta in London. The ambience is cosy with dim lighting and candles on an evening, and the prices are very reasonable. Can’t recommend Emilia’s enough!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and was nice to be by the kitchen. Had the cured beef and buratta salad to share for starters and then 2 portions of pasta to share - honestly amazing food! Great flavours, good portions and cocktails were really reasonable (all £8)

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WendyH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service and ambience were great. The pesto for the steamed green beans as well as the pasta sauces were heavenly, unfortunately the green beans and the pasta were undercooked even though we normally enjoy crunchy vegetables and al dente pasta.

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RosieM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic, will go back! Food and cocktails were amazing, service was lovely.

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AlIsonB
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service we arrived early and they were able to accommodate us

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Nicole
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and affordable. Really enjoyed our dishes -- tomato vegetarian pasta and the cacio e pepe.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta! Highly recommended

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SophieG
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh pasta, good service and good value. Definitely going again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I thought it was a great first date with hubs after the latest lockdown! I had the carbonara with pancetta and loved it. Hubs had the pasta with chestnut sauce and wasn’t as keen but I wouldn’t trust his taste in food! 😂 the toilets were clean and the staff were friendly and covid rules followed. Only problem I had was that it was very loud in there for some reason! But I might be thinking that because this is the first time eating out in however many months! Would highly recommend.

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CasualDinerHK
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

First time at Emilias, it started off great. I was attended to as I arrived before my friends and the waitress kindly pointed out what I would be able to order from the menu given my dietary restrictions. And then the restaurant got busy. Food took longer than expected to come out, other diners who had come after us had their food before us. Food was ok, have had better. Dessert menu was given but no one followed up to check if we had wanted anything. Just of note - if you are dining outdoors, people walking by and those in the surrounding flats will be watching.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food in a relaxed setting. Loved it!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I consider myself a customer of emilias. The food is freshly made and the service is always really good. Definitely recommend it for pasta lovers

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EdoardoP
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time I go to Emilia's it feels like I am in Italy, really amazing food and very kind staff

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Firstly we got there and got outdoor dining which was in a tent. Didn’t look very appealing but was nice and quiet. Then we got served and ending up waiting for the food for 50 minutes, we asked the waiter who said “it’s coming” proceeding to take another 10 minutes. The food itself was average ... not something to pay for as you can make it at home. Overall the service was a let down

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Caren
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food had potential to be great , however it was very cheesy.

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BrookeJ
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waited over an hour for any food
Wasn’t very warm

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vipHarrietP
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! Less good atmosphere than the SKD branch - music was a bit too loud, and the service was less friendly and more chaotic. Overall a good evening and reasonably priced

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Fran
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was average and was hard to get any attention from staff. Was seated by the window looking onto the main road which was super noisy and off putting so would possibly try the other location if I were to eat here again.

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KateS
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the experience. We went at a time when it was quiet but I am sure it would also be lovely when full.

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RossB
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely pasta, we also loved that there were no plastic straws! Shame about the nuts in the tiramisu, would be best mentioning them on the menu!

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Azza
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a nice place to celebrate a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We were seated in the tent despite booking a table inside, the restaurant itself had an abundance of space so unsure why weren’t given a table there. We were also the only table sat outside in the tent. When we mentioned that the tent was cold, we were given a heater which didn’t heat up the tent.

We ordered starters and a main, whilst the starters came out in about 15-20 minutes, the mains didn’t arrive at the table until over an hour later. The food itself was nice although nowhere near worth an hour and a half’s wait.

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Cjjkk
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

If you're not familiar with authentic Italian pasta I wouldn't recommend this place. The only recognisable dishes are carbonara, Bolognese and ravioli. One of our waiters wasn't very friendly, the staff were not great at explaining the menu. When my salmon carbonara arrived the pasta was too firm. I'm familiar with Al dente pasta but this was too far. The first waiter just told us that was the recommended cooking time and walked away. We could see her talking to other waiters about us but she didn't help with our order. The second waiter asked the kitchen what could be done and the dishes were made again, still Al dente but easier to eat. The shape of pasta your dish has really affects your experience, the ravioli and casarecce were much softer than the bucatini(pasta used for the carbonara). My friend found the salmon carbonara sauce quite fishy, I didn't mind it but again larger British chain Italians just add the salmon to a creamy sauce where this salmon flavour was infused in the sauce. I enjoyed the flavour of the salmon carbonara it was just hard to eat. The sides are limited don't expect garlic bread or calamari here.

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josselins
London
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pasta here. Always a nice experience, good prices, excellent food. I recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was yummy and the staff were nice.

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AS888
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved it here, amazing food and service, we even considered coming back the next day before we left London!!

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AnniVeg
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The have plenty of dishes for Vegetarians. The food was great and so was the service. Would defiantly go back.

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Morgan
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very tasty traditional pasta , great staff and loved the interior

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EdoardoP
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta in London by far. Few items on the menu because each item is absolutely perfect. Well done to everyone there, great ambience, very helpful and kind staff, feels like being back in Italy

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lamb ravioli with sage butter used to be my favorite before lockdown at this location. Unfortunately the refinement their dishes had before has disappeared. The pasta filling was overpowered by garlic and the ravioli were swimming in huge amounts unflavored butter (and I do love butter and have never complained about quantities of butter before). As I used to love the place, I hope this was just a one off and will go back to give them another chance.

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Evincent
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was lovely
Smoked salmon carbonara & the bolognese 10/10

DG
DanielleG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, professional staff, delicious food and a great atmosphere.

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AneeshaR
London
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was great and we were very excited to eat here based on its popularity and the pictures of their food. We ordered the creamy walnut mushroom pasta and the truffle cacio pepe but the actual pasta was very chewy as it wasn’t boiled for long enough it seems. This completely ruined the dish which would’ve been amazing based on the flavour of it. But we couldn’t enjoy it at all because the pasta was just not cooked enough. Really hope this was a one off.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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Zaria
London
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service.
Due to covid we were outside but inside the tent, and unfortunately the space, table size was a bit limited. But completely understandable under these extreme circumstances.
I will definitely go back. Great food as said before but also great ethos.

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 454 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.