2 / 22

Best for fresh pasta: Manteca

When accomplished culinary duo, Smokestak founder David Carter and former Kitty Fisher’s chef, Chris Leach, opened a residency at 10 Heddon Street, critics raved about its excellent fresh pasta and rightfully so. With the pop-up now closed, thankfully the pair has opened a permanent home in the form of Manteca in Soho, which serves some of the same dishes from its former menu - including the mouthwatering nduja steamed mussels with cream and parsley. In terms of pastas, order the tonnarelli with brown crab and cacio e pepe, or the rigatoni with kale sauce and coated in parmesan. Meat-lovers should try the porchetta cooked with lemon and rosemary. With Italian restaurants popping up at a rate of knots in central London, Manteca is a standout affordable classic.

Manteca, 58-59 Great Marlborough Street, WIF 7JY

Introducing the new Italian restaurant everyone is talking about

From rustic plates of pasta to fine dining, see our guide to London's most delicious destinations for Italian food

From Harper's BAZAAR