Al Dente, South Kensington

Nestled in the picturesque neighbourhood of South Kensington, Pastificio Al Dente is a culinary gem that beckons lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. From the moment you step inside, you’re enveloped in the aroma of freshly made pasta and the warm ambiance that invites you to indulge in a gastronomic journey through Italy’s diverse culinary landscape.

The restaurant boasts a menu that celebrates the rich tapestry of Italian flavours, offering a selection of traditional fresh pasta dishes that showcase both iconic classics and regional specialties waiting to be discovered. Whether you choose to dine in or take your meal to go, each dish is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a deep-rooted passion for Italian culinary traditions.

The Carbonara is a standout dish, perfectly balancing the creaminess of the sauce with the salty bite of pancetta, while the Gnocchi a la Sorrentina transports you to the sun-drenched shores of Southern Italy with its vibrant tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese. And let’s not forget the Linguine a Vongole, a quintessential seafood pasta that captures the essence of the Mediterranean with its tender clams and aromatic garlic-infused olive oil. These pasta dishes are just a small selection of the wonderfully crafted menu.

Each day, the kitchen buzzes with activity as fresh ingredients sourced directly from trusted suppliers are transformed into silky strands of linguine, delicate gnocchi, and hearty paccheri. From selecting the finest flour to hand-cracking eggs and meticulously shaping each piece of pasta, every step of the process is carried out with precision and care. It’s this commitment to quality and authenticity that sets Pastificio Al Dente apart, ensuring that every dish served is a true taste of Italy, made with passion and expertise by the talented pasta artisans behind the scenes.

But it’s not just the food that shines at Pastificio Al Dente; it’s the overall dining experience. The attentive staff, elegant decor, and welcoming atmosphere combine to create a dining oasis where every visit feels like a special occasion. And with additional branches in Fitzrovia, Monument and the newly opened Angel location,, the restaurant’s commitment to spreading the love for Italian cuisine knows no bounds.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of Italian fare or simply looking for a memorable dining experience, Pastificio Al Dente is a must-visit destination that promises to delight your taste buds and transport you to the heart of Italy with each and every bite.

Filippo Gallenzi, Founder of Al Dente, said: “We always struggled to find a place that could deliver the quality and price point we were looking for, so we had to do it ourselves. Our goal since day one has always been to bring authentic Italian cuisine to London. I wanted to create a place where we could feel at home, and pasta was the desired choice due to my passion for cooking it since I was young.”