Blackpool is a gastronomic desert. Or so we thought until we almost by accident found Stefano's. We were visiting Blackpool for the end of the illuminations and spent the day seeing the sights, walking the piers and buying tat, that's what you do in Blackpool. We had a lovely fish and chips for lunch but come dinner we wanted a proper meal. We were looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket than a Weatherspoons or Pizza Hut but there thin on the ground in the town centre. We spotted a Bella Italia and decided we were tired of looking so went for it. There was a 30-40 minute wait for a table and you had to wait outside, it was pretty cold this weekend. Luckily we were pointed along the road and round the corner by one of the staff. This is when we discovered Stefano's.
It's a small inconspicuous place, No menu on the window but it was obvious that the people inside were enjoying the evening so we went in. The menu is pared down to the minimum just 3 starters and half a dozen mains and pasta dishes. There is also the specials board with another half dozen dishes. Even the wine list consists of house white or house red. Don't let this deter you though as each dish that we had was absolutely beautiful and the white wine was the perfect choice. I prefer to see a minimalist menu where everything is special than a menu of a hundred dishes all done mediocre. The atmosphere was relaxed and Stefano and his staff make you feel like a guest at a dinner party, very personal and such a pleasure from the usual corporate clones in the chain restaurants.
The food: we chose to have the antipasto platter to share between three. Prawns, Muscles, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese, Tomato, Mushroom, Zucchini, Aubergine and Foccacia with a balsamic dressing. I chose the Lobster Ravioli off the specials board, My wife had the seafood risotto and my daughter had the Gonocchi. All fantastic. We had no room left for desert unfortunately. All this with wine with an espresso for me and the bill was less than £55, considering the quality of food, excellent personal service and atmosphere I considered it a bargain. Next time we visit Blackpool we will definitely be back. An oasis in the desert of fried and fast food.
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