Andrew Macleod, the 27-year old restauranteur and founder of craft pasta restaurant, Emilia’s in St Katharine Docks, has now added a second venue to his portfolio.
Born and bred in West London, Andrew’s interest in bringing great Italian crafted pasta is keenly demonstrated via his pasta pilgrimage across Italy prior to opening Emilia’s.
Following extensive visits to some of Italy’s most famed regions, Andrew spent 18 months learning from local Italian chefs who extolled an extraordinary passion for cooking recipes passed down through the generations.
Slated to open this February, Emilia’s Aldgate will offer a succinct selection of seven pasta dishes which Andrew (a self-confessed perfectionist) has fine-tuned to pay worthy homage to the original dishes from various regions in Italy, along with careful pairing of pasta shapes with sauces - the weight, texture and size of the pasta should complement the sauce.
The carefully curated menu is made using only the purest ingredients, with some soured exclusively from a handful of local and sustainable suppliers in Italy and the UK.
The 55-cover restaurant offers an inviting, vibrant and whimsical setting. Cotti D’italia terracotta tiles offset the earthy crafted rustic terracotta plastered walls, balanced with industrial black metal details and white carrara marble surround a tiled terracotta feature bar that generates a warm and carefree space to meet, drink and dine.
An open kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs at work, providing an engaging and fun food experience where the guest is part of the journey from start to finish.
A manned pasta counter, meanwhile, presents itself at the window of the restaurant, providing 360 degree views of the handcrafted past being made.