All reader reviews by Dayf
Looking at the menu, with starters at £10 and mains at £20 (pasta and risotto about £15), I thought it was quite pricey. Having finished up, it felt like a bargain.
Carpaccio of sea bass with pesto to start was good, but the rare veal with roasted fennel for mains was one of the best dishes I've had for a long while. The meat was divine. And even the fennel, which isn't one of my favourite veggies, had all the harsh aniseed flavour sweated out and was so much more subtle than it usually is. The table next door was full of Italins, one of whom chose the risotto which was served in a parmesan! Over the top, yes, but it looked magnificent and I wish I could have tasted it.
Add to that wonderful service - we were served by the owner who knew all the details of the menu (as he should), but also filled us in on all the coloured LPs hanging on the wall - how rare they were, where he got them etc. Priceless! And very Italian!
I was also impressed by his knowledge of Italian restaurants - he overheard us talking about our local which he knew well and gave us his opinion: 'Itzza OK, but notta as good as 'ere!'. And he was right!
Any critisms? Not really. If I had to ciritse, maybe the wines were a little overpriced. Still, the Merlot (not my choice, but very good anyway) was poured into such a beautiful glass I was quite happy to forgive a couple of quid.
All in all a great find, and highly recommended.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8