Food Review: Butta La Pasta
A recent addition to the vibrant international food scene on London Road, the philosophy at Butta La Pasta is fairly straightforward: fresh, seasonal pasta dishes inspired by various regions of Italy. The name itself translates as “throw in the pasta” – a common saying in Italian households – and nicely reflects the laidback, homely feel that owner Stephen Ogden has brought to a fairly no-frills but comfortable restaurant.
Due to their emphasis on keeping things seasonal, the menu changes on a monthly basis. It might be small but it’s big on pasta dishes and all the staples were present: spaghetti, lasagne, tagliatelle, rigatoni and orrecheti. The starters were a choice of Tuscan-inspired tomato soup pappa al pomodoro, crab bruschetta, antipasto, and Sicilian caponata. Desserts are the only thing which remain more or less static – with lemon tart, chocolate torte, pistachio loaf cake and homemade ice creams and sorbets all sticking to the uncomplicated but tasty ethos.
To start, we ordered the crab bruschetta – a generous helping of white and brown crabmeat spread across toasted ciabatta with red chilli, celery and lemon. It provided a fresh, zesty start to proceedings.
We tried some of the caponata on Stephen’s recommendation and weren’t disappointed. Served to us as part of the antipasto platter, this quintessntially Sicilian, aubergine-heavy dish of braised Mediterranean vegetables had a pleasant sweet and sour taste which paired nicely with the homemade focaccia. The remainder of the hearty platter was supplemented by buttery gorgonzola, sliced salami and grilled courgettes.
The pasta is obviously the main event here, and my tagliatelle with pea and prosciutto sauce lived up to its billing. It was delightful: simple, delicate and covered in a rich, creamy sauce which quickly had me in comfort carbs heaven.
My partner ordered the spaghetti lucia, a customer favourite and easy to see why. Perfectly cooked prawns with anchovy coupling well with ripe tomatoes and adding a depth of flavour without being too overpowering.
Fully content and carbed up to the nines, we just about managed to finish a helping of dark chocolate and coffee ice cream – a decadent end to a very satisfying three courses.
Friendly service, zero pretence and a menu which does the basics extremely well – Butta La Pasta ticks all the boxes for an inexpensive evening of hearty Italian food made with real passion and authenticity in mind.
280 London Road, Sheffield S2 4NA // facebook.com/buttalapastauk