We have had the pleasure of eating here a few times now, and have always been delighted by the consistently excellent quality of the food, the professional but friendly service, and the relaxed and understated atmosphere. We are fans of italian food, having been fortunate enough to consume a fair amount in various parts of Italy, and can honestly say Da Piero brings real flavours and attention to detail conveniently close to home!
A meal here for us is about relaxing and relishing real food; the dish of olives and capers slides down juicily and easily whilst waiting for the starters, every drop of the delicious oil mopped up with the warmed bread. It is not possible to pick out a favourite dish, but we have particularly enjoyed the Tuna Tartare for it's fresh and citrusy zing, the Parmigiana for being the closest thing to a hug you can get from food, and the crayfish nest for the spicy chilli undertones. If comfort is the order of the day, you would have to go a long way to beat the spaghetti alle vongole, or the carbonara made with a pancetta which just adds that perfect something. Husband has declared the steak here the best he has ever eaten, and he has eaten a few! The Admiral's tuna is tuna as it should be, succulent, tasty and pretty substantial size wise. We can never the less usually manage to squeeze a caponata to remind us of holidays past, and recommend the braised lentils as an unexpected but delightful combination of texture and flavour. No meal here is complete without a cannolo each, which transports me into the middle of an episode of Montalbano! OK, I exaggerate, but seriously these are unmissably GOOD! So much so that we have sadly neglected the rest of the dessert menu, as even we have shied away from 2 puddings each. Apart from that time we share a mouthwatering house made amaretto ice cream....
The wine list is varied and has some interesting bottles I was not familiar with, but the staff have always been happy to discuss and advise suitability with dishes chosen. Presentation is simple but honest, and I suggest make the most of the range of side dishes to fully enjoy yourself here.
If you want faux italian in the style of some chain restaurants, you really won't get this place, but if you care about real food prepared by experts who have a flare and passion for producing the best meals with the best ingredients, you're on to a winner. Now that there is the additional space, there is more chance of a table too, so always worth trying even at short notice. Good thing we can walk here and work off the cannoli!
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