12th April 2013
If you’re ever in the City and in need of a good bite to eat, I would like to recommend my favourite yummy pasta place.
Coco di Mama is a cool Italian luncherie – the décor, the branding, the service – all slick, slick, slick. But most importantly, the food is amazing. They serve pasta, salads and sandwiches which are all freshly made, with lots of big flavour. There’s chorizo, parmesan, rocket, pancetta, truffle oil, chestnut mushrooms… the list goes on.
There are currently two branches – Fleet Street and Moorgate. However, they’re about to open a third by St. Paul’s, and have a lovely little offer on. If you click here and sign up, they’ll email you when the new site opens and you can get a free bowl of pasta. Dreamy!
I dashed over to the Fleet Street restaurant to grab my lunch today, and went for Pure Carbonara with serpentini pasta, chilli oil and parmesan (grandi, obviously!). The specials change daily, but there’s always a meaty type available as well as a ‘Naked’ pasta which has the bits but not the sauce.
I love the way the staff take the orders, there’s real buzz as they rustle your order up – ‘Parmesan and Chilli Oil on my Grandi Carbonara, please’ gets shouted on back to the open kitchen where they’re throwing it all together. You can opt in or out of the oil and cheese as you wish. Previous favourites of mine have been Butternut Squash and Spinah and Nutmeg.
The pasta is.. well.. you have to go and try it! Perfectly cooked, slightly al dente, gorgeous sauces. Served in pots with red and white checks, packed in a crisp matching paper bag ready to take away. If you’re able to get a spot, you can stay and eat in and enjoy watching the line of hungry city folk ebb and flow.
Also on offer among other things are mac & cheese or lasagne of the day, soup with fresh ciabatta, puddings and delectable little side salads. You can get more information about the food and the company on their website.
Final note – when you visit, look out for the arty food photos on the walls. They feature ingredients masquerading as daily objects, and are really pleasing.