Made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived, an evening here is wrapped in the warmth of the owners and staff who throughout ensured we had a lovely evening.
There's a broad mix of pizzas, pastas (good and wide variety of sauces over penne, linguine, spaghetti etc) and selection of specials on offer each day. The premises are unlicensed so if you'd like wine or beer then bring your own - there is a £3 corkage fee. On the whole the food was excellent. Homemade garlic and olive foccacia was delicious; the pastas - one was a carbonnara the other ham, pea and mushroom - very tasty. Pizza, thin, crisp, nice texture and flavour, with generous toppings (we tried the Italian salami, tomato and mozzarella, adding on a couple of things). Best bit of the meal was, however, the tiramisu. With all things being home made this was outstanding, absolutely sublime dessert, as best as we've ever tasted save for that made by one of our Italian friends!
The restaurant is more like a bistro/cafe, lively and brightly lit. The open kitchen and close interaction between the chefs with the staff and customers makes it feel all the more authentic and very much a family run business. There's little if anything to gripe about here. We'd maybe tone the lighting down but on the food side the only slight disappointment was the calamari starter - quite chewy and thin pieces of squid within thick batter (so no variety nor the light batter coating you'd normally expect).
Overall though, top drawer. Eating early, by 7.30 the place was buzzing and we'd advise booking in advance. Lots of on street parking nearby and also right outside there are a few spaces too. Very reasonable prices, for 3 of us the total was just over £40. A place we'll certainly add on to our list of affordable every day options and a good place to go with friends. Worth heading to for a relaxing night out, most definitely. Was a wide range of ages, families, couples and larger groups when we went. A step up from a Pizza Express by a long way and much more enjoyable.
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