6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ
WLC Rank : 310
Glass from : £ 4 (125 ml)
Step out of London Bridge Tube pretty much any lunch or dinner time and it’s hard to miss the long line of hopping-hungry, salivating Italophiles queuing outside Padella.
The pasta bar, launched by Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda of Trullo, has taken this little gastronomic pocket of London (next to Borough Market) by storm with its simple, consistently delicious, freshly made pasta served with simple sauces.
While its wine offering is modest, it is worthy of inclusion in Wine List Confidential for three reasons:
1 – the restaurant is so popular that it’s impossible to ignore
2 – it’s one of the most enthusiastic adopters of OW Loeb’s possibly-revolutionary wine on tap
3 – it also offers a blackboard of carefully chosen wines from the excellent list at the aforementioned big brother restaurant Trullo in Highbury, wines which would please even the most demanding wine lover’s palate.
While the wine list doesn’t score highly for size, it is appropriate to the fast-paced, quick turnover environment of Padella, which at its current rate of business seems to be serving half the population of London every single day.
All of the wines on the main list are from tap (eight of them) and include a lovely aromatic Bacchus from Kingscote in Sussex (£5 for 125ml), nice with a simple dish of tagliarini with Chiarentana olive oil and Parmesan, and a texbook Sangiovese from family producer Vini Stocco in Friuli (£4 for 125ml).
All are available by the 500ml carafe, from £14-£20, except the Selva Capuzza Chiaretto Rosé, which is £30 for 750ml.
On the blackboard at the time of writing were three hard-to-resist fine wine options: Serafini & Vidotto Rosso dell’Abazia 2009 (Mmm…), Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (Ooh…) and a Guiseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabaja 2008 (Aah – I expire!).
These wines change regularly so there’s always going to be something special to get your tongue around – assuming you can get a seat.
By Darren Smith