24 February 2016

Pasta Remoli: Resturant Review

Last week I was invited over to Pasta Remoli to check out their latest menu in their new restaurant in Finsbury Park.  Pasta Remoli specialise in fresh and healthy Italian dishes, with pasta being their main attraction.  With a modern, fresh and relaxed environment, I was looking forward to getting down to business!
We started off by sharing a Salumi and Cheese Selection Board, it arrived full of traditional Italian antipasti classics.  Everything on the board was fresh and tasty, there were more unusual items such as crunchy vegetables in a tasty, Italian oil that was unlike anything I'd ever tried before.  The cheese was particularly good and even though I don't usually like olives, these were so fresh they had a completely different taste and I really enjoyed them.
Then it was on to the mains, now if you know me you will know I am a huge pasta fan, so there was no way I wasn't going to get that in some variety.  One of the more unique and attractive things about Pasta Remoli's menu is the feature that allows you to choose between one of 15 different kinds of fresh plain or filled pasta, and pair it with any of the 14 sauces.  I managed to narrow it down to the Truffle and Mushroom Ravioli but wasn't quite sure on what to pair it with, luckily the staff here are not only incredibly friendly but also very knowledgeable, and were able to give me a few different options based on my tastes.  I went with the Arrabiata because I thought it wouldn't over power the filled pasta too much.  You can also top it off with a variety of cheese toppings but I decided against this.  My partner chose the Oxtail Agnolotti paired with the Oxtail Sauces.  We both agreed that this was the best-cooked pasta we had ever had, but unfortunately for me, my pasta was actually a little cold.  Also there was no spice to my arrabiata, in fact the sauce was a little too strong, tasting almost like tomato puree, which is a shame as it somewhat drowned out the taste of the pasta itself.  The oxtail pasta was more of a winner, with the strong flavours balancing out well.
On to desserts and we decided to share a Lemon Tart and a Caramel Cheesecake, both were utterly delicious.  The tart was acidic, tangy and sweet in perfect measures, while the cheesecake was very sweet, but so light it balanced out, utterly beautiful.  I finished off the meal with a refreshingly tasty, and very strong, Passion Island cocktail.
It is worth mentioning here that while I didn't think this meal was perfect, the value for money is incredible.  A fresh pasta dish with all the trimmings starts from just £4.80 and the staff are so knowledgeable and helpful, it's not something you are going to get at another chain restaurant.  Thanks again to Pasta Remoli for inviting me over, I will definitely be back in the future.
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