Streatham Gourmet visits Lo Paste Tradizionali
This intimate little gem is nestled at the top end of Gleneagle Road, just off Streatham High Road. There’s room for just four cosy tables for two and some bar stools, but friendly team, Davide and Manuele, clearly know their stuff and are lovely hosts. Davide trained as a chef in Tuscany and is passionate about his native fare. Pasta is made from scratch daily and each is served with its own special sauce. Just as passionate about the environment, all disposable items are biodegradable or compostable.
The menu is surprisingly reasonably priced: main courses range from £6.00-£9.50 and sides £5.00-£7.50, making for a budget-friendly evening out.
We had conchiglie and the lasagne accompanied by aubergine parmigiana and sautéed spinach. We waited about 20 minutes as our dishes were prepared but a substantial offering of focaccia with an oil/balsamic vinegar dip appeared, so we weren’t left hungry! A glass of fabulous full-bodied white from the well-chosen Italian and Sicilian wine list set our meal off nicely.
The lasagne came with a crisp mozzarella topping, sealing in thin layers of ragu and bechamel sauce which created a subtle creamy taste - simply delicious. The conchiglie, served in true al dente fashion, arrived coated in an insanely addictive saffron cream sauce. This was a delight. When asked what the secret narcotic ingredient was, Davide laconically replied ’Love. Just love.’ No arguments from us as the last of the focaccia scooped up every tiny bit of sauce from our respective dishes!
If you order no other side dish, then the parmigiana is a must. Thin slices of aubergine were cooked to perfection in a cheese and tomato sauce with a slight crunch on the skin whilst the flesh melted on the tongue. Absolute yum!
My only grumble was that the cheese sprinkled on the sautéed spinach clashed with my lasagne – which says more about my ordering skill than the dishes!
This is a great little find and perfect for couples – though you may need to book in advance to eat in as word continues to spread. Highly recommended!
2 mains, 2 sides and 2 medium wines: £37.50. Takeaway via Just Eat, Uber Eats, and Deliveroo.
12 Gleneagle Rd, SW16 6AB
lopaste.com 020 8265 5492
Heloise Anderson & Hannah Taylor