St Katharine Docks has welcomed into its fold an appealing new addition in the form of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta. Situated in an idyllic waterside location in the centre of the docks Emilia’s invites diners to take their own journey through Italy by sampling the relatively simple, honest and affordable menu.
Having been told that the restaurant’s inception was inspired by the founder’s lifelong dream to open the best pasta restaurant outside of Italy, it is clear that attention has been paid to the rich heritage afforded by Italian cuisine. The vibe is chilled and friendly and we claimed a spot outside to enjoy the best of London summertime.
Charmingly, the top of the menu depicts the types of pasta served in word and hand-drawn pictorial form. We were told that the pasta is made daily on site, crafted on the marble counter tops every morning. The wine menu mirrors the food menu in its simplicity, with two whites, reds and one rose and prosecco. The Valle Berta Gavi was an excellent choice and slipped down a treat on a balmy evening overlooking the water. We opted to try all three antipasti which comprised the mixed marinated olives with garlic, chilli and herbs, finely sliced bresola with a lemon and olive oil dressed rocket and parmesan salad and burrata with toasted ciabatta. The burrata was creamy, the olives juicy and the bresola perfectly cured. The antipasti was delicious so we were looking forward to the pasta which after all is the hero of the restaurant.
Tempted as we were by the idea of a halloumi carbonara which was on the special board the day of my visit. We plumped for the handmade ravioli with organic lamb, parsley and parmesan in a butter and sage sauce. In addition to the rigatoni with flaked yellow fin tuna fillet with homemade tomato sauce, peperoncino and freshly chopped parsley. It was great to sample both a fish and meat focused dish and the ravioli won out.
The winning dish however proved to be the salted caramel brownie, served with ice cream. The brownie was rich and enticing and the ice cream provided a counterbalance to the sweetness. The lemon drizzle cake was also a strong contender – zesty and indulgent, yet light. After a visit to Emilia’s Crafted Pasta you are left with the beautiful of the location and an urge to find out more about the region which inspired such a menu.
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
St Katherine Docks
London E1W 1AT