Padella's peppered, creamy pici cacio e pepe, Manteca's glossy duck ragu, Officina 00's pleasingly perfect rounds of occhi: London doesn't want for decent pasta joints but, in our book, there's always room for more carbs. Step forward, Noci. Launching this spring, the Islington newcomer is headed up by chef Louis Korovilas, a protégé of pasta master Giorgio Locatelli. The Med-leaning menu will offer plates of confit tomato and smoked ricotta gnocchetti, unctuous lamb shoulder open ravioli and a delectable fritti selection that includes our favourite Venetian bites - moreish sage and anchovy beignets. The cocktail list is seasonal, with summer sippers at the ready for incoming warm weather. Our order? Make it the spiced kumquat and sage spritz.
Words by Lucy Kehoe
4-6 Islington Green, London N1 2XA