Modern Italian restaurant diversifier and owner of Palatino and Craft, Stevie Parle has told Eater that his second Pastaio restaurant will open at the Westfield Shopping Centre in White City this November. It follows the landlord’s cancellation of Pastaio’s opening on James Street in Marylebone in July; new dishes and a swanky interior designed by Parle’s longtime collaborator Tom Dixon are in the offing.
The duplex site, which includes two open kitchens (one just for fresh pasta production), a covered ground floor, street-side terrace, and first floor outdoor balcony, will seat up to 145 in total. It will be situated on Westfield’s Southern Terrace, described as “a key location along the main thoroughfare and access to the shopping centre.” Parle described it as the “perfect location within the Westfield estate.”
On the second opening, Parle said that it would be the first of number of new sites:
“Westfield feels like a great next step in my mission to bring incredibly high quality fresh pasta with awesome British ingredients to as many people as possible, and we have our eye on joining a few of my favourite London neighbourhoods in the future.”
Interiors are the work of celebrated designer Tom Dixon, with whom Parle often partners and whose studio served as the site of Parle’s debut restaurant, Dock Kitchen in Ladbroke Grove; it closed in December 2017. This restaurant will feature Dixon’s famous slab chairs and pendant lighting as well as a hung staircase, painted electric blue, leading to the first floor.
Parle added: “I’m super excited about the fresh new interiors we’ve created. It’s been brilliant to work with Tom Dixon again, who consistently over-delivers for us, and I’ve been busy developing new dishes for this site so it will have its own identity whilst still sitting firmly in the Pastaio family.”
Pastaio Westfield will also introduce seasonal soft serve ice cream for the first time — in November, it will launch with a stracciatella flavour. Pastas will start at £6 and prosecco slushies, another Pastaio signature, at £4.50. Main courses and sharing pastas designed for communal dining will change regularly, and in the same spirit of accessibility and value, Parle will also have wines on tap.
Pastaio’s accessible pasta earned it a place on Daisy Meager’s guide to London’s best fresh pasta restaurants last year. She wrote:
Meaning ‘someone who makes pasta by hand,’ Pastaio is heaven sent for those looking for a good meal in central London. The brightly decorated fresh pasta joint comes from restaurateur Stevie Parle and its short, sweet (and well-priced) menu is irresistible. Malloreddus in a slow-cooked sausage sauce sits side by side with bright sprouting broccoli and anchovy casarecce, and specials like potato and fontina ravioli in brodo.