Finsbury Park is enjoying somewhat of a revival with bars and restaurants opening up in and around N4. Find out what I thought when I visited new Italian restaurant Pasta Remoli.
Pasta Remoli, Finsbury Park
When Jon and I moved to North London one of the things we were most excited about was being able to meet for dinner after work at restaurants across the capital. What we soon realised however was that finding somewhere close enough to our offices and close enough to home was trickier than we thought! So, when I was asked if I’d be interested in checking out Pasta Remoli just minutes away from Finsbury Park tube station I jumped at the chance! Just moments away from Jon’s offices and on the way home for me its perfectly located for a post-work bite to eat.
The Finsbury Park branch of Pasta Remoli is in fact the second restaurant opened by owner Simone Remoli. The first branch opened in Westfield Stratford and after its success they decided to open a branch for us North Londoners in April last year.
The concept of the restaurant is simple. They make fresh pasta daily and serve it with fresh homemade sauces. You can opt to eat in, take it away (hot), or buy the pasta to cook at home later! After just our first visit I can see us making use of all three formats.
You’re also able to mix and match which sauce you want to have with each type of pasta. What I love about the menu is that you don’t feel restricted and you could certainly never get bored. You could easily visit the restaurant 10, 15, even 20 times and never eat the same dish once.
When you walk into the restaurant you are greeted straight away by the kitchen. Glass counters showcase the fresh pasta and sauces so before you’ve even sat down you are able to browse the goods! Another cabinet to the left shows off freshly baked pastries and cakes – ordering dessert is a must!
Having made our way past the food, trying to control our rumbling tums, the waiters did a good job of making us feel comfortable. It wasn’t all that busy when we visited mid-week so we picked our table “upstairs” towards the back of the restaurant. The decor is modern but Italian rustic. There are exposed brick walls with modern lighting, with wooden beams and vines hanging down from the ceiling. It’s pretty, simple and feels very welcoming.
To assist with browsing the menu we ordered a bottle of wine. Jon confidently ordered the Pecorino white wine and almost every waiter that dealt with us the rest of the evening told us what a fantastic wine we’d ordered! Their enthusiasm for their menu knows no bounds – luckily we agreed with them. It really was a good bottle of wine and not all that pricey either. It slipped down very well with the rest of the meal…
We started off with the traditional bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. There’s not a separate starters menu per se, but an anti-pasti menu where you can choose a few pre-meal bites should you wish. The bread when it arrived was much as you’d expect – fresh, bouncy with a lovely crust to it. Perfect for soaking up the oils and vinegar. The olive oil itself was a thing of beauty. A deep olive green, it was clear that they hadn’t scrimped and saved on this important part of the meal! In fact the only time I’ve ever seen olive oil that colour was when we were given a water bottle of the stuff straight from an olive grower in Greece. Just as we were about to finish polishing off the bread, our main courses arrived.
Both of us had gone for filled pasta. It being our first visit to the menu we wanted to order the more exciting options. I went for the Oxtail Angelotti with the Oxtail Sauce and Jon ordered the Aubergine and Roasted Tomato Ravioli with Cherry Tomato and Ricotta Sauce both dishes were finished with a sprinkling of pecorino romano cheese. We definitely let ourselves be led by the recommendations of the staff when it came to picking our dishes. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and happy to help you to pair up the pastas, sauces and cheese to top it all off.
The oxtail dish that I ordered is one of the Chef’s specialities and I can completely see why. The fresh pasta parcels melt in the mouth giving way to the soft but densely packed, sweet and slightly sticky oxtail underneath. The sauce is beautifully rich, with the umami of the meaty oxtail flavour carrying through making the dish so well rounded. The sharpness of the pecorino romano help to cut through the robust dish.
Not content with just eating my own meal I had to pinch a fork or two from Jon’s plate. Again the freshness of the pasta is a real triumph. The pasta was soft, almost buttery. Stuffed with the aubergine filling, each ravioli was light and pillowy. Again there was a nice balance of sweet and savoury as the creamy sauce paired perfectly with the roasted vegetable ravioli.
The portion sizes at Pasta Remoli are also spot on. They are best described as generous without leaving you stuffed meaning there is plenty of room for pudding.
For pudding I ordered the Panacota with bay leaf, berries and white chocolate buttons. It came in the cutest glass cup and had just the right amount of wobble! You most definitely got a hint of bay leaf without it being overpowering. With each mouthful you got a burst of sharp fruit, creamy panacota and the sweetness of the white chocolate all in contrast with the savoury bay leaf. It’s a very cvlever little dessert!
Jon went for something we all associate with Italy – the tiramisu. It didn’t look quite like any tiramisu we’d ever had before though the big chunks of coffee infused sponge enrobed in sweet custard with chocolate buttonss and a dusting of cocoa it was delicious! The surprise jelly center was also a revelation – boozy without being overpowering.
Fantastic value for money
What made the whole meal even better was that the food and drink was fantastic value for money. I was fortunate enough to be offered the meal free of charge in return for an impartial review, but had we paid we would have been more than happy with the price.
The pasta and sauces are priced separately meaning you can easily mix and match based on your budget. On average a main course will set you back £9, less for take out and even less if you want to take it home to cook yourself.
All in all, Simone should be proud to have his name above the door! We had a fantastic time and will most definitely be coming back. If you live in or around North London and are looking for an authentic Italian restaurant then make sure you visit Pasta Remoli, Finsbury Park!
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Did I mention you can order from Deliveroo too?
Disclosure: I received this meal free of charge. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to provide a positive review.