Angel is about to get its first fresh pasta restaurant – it’s called Noci, meaning ‘walnut’ in Italian.
Which is nuts.
Mostly because it’s taken this long for one of London’s most buzzing neighbourhoods to finally dip its ladle into the fresh pasta scene. Sure, there are fresh pasta places in its orbit – most notably Trullo – but the humming restaurant nucleus itself has been left sadly bereft. But all of that changes this coming February with Noci. It’s the work of chef Louis Korovilas, who’s carby CV is almost unrivalled – he was taught by Giorgio Locatelli himself, before becoming head chef at the excellent Bancone, and the equally lovely pasta palace, Tavolino.
The space he’s putting together is just off Upper Street, next to Islington Green. Wander past, and you’ll be able to see chefs beavering away, rolling out dough, and cutting out fancy pasta shapes in the large windows at the front. Head inside, and you can expect to find a large communal table in the centre of the space, flanked by banquettes, window seating, and a bar.
Now – the pasta. There’ll be bucatini with brown butter cacio e pepe; confit tomato and smoked ricotta gnocchetti; open herbed lamb shoulder ravioli (it involves layered pasta sheets, almost like a teeny tiny lasagne); and a ‘poor man’s ragu’ made with veal, pork and onions tossed with tubes of paccheri. And if you want something that’s not pasta? The fritti menu will offer sage & anchovy beignets, burrata with caramelised pear, and some classic fritto misto.
And as for the liquid accompaniment, the cocktails will change with the seasons with a lineup of spritzes packing flavours like pear & marjoram; spiced kumquat & sage; and grapefruit, pink peppercorn & thyme. And they’ll start at just a fiver.
Which really is nuts.
NOTE: Noci is set to open in February 2022. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more, and pre-book your table, at the website right HERE.
Noci | 4 – 6 Islington Green, N1 2XA
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