Don't be put off by the fact that this is attached to a Travelodge! We went to 'Little Italy' for the first time in October 2010, and after a year in Durham we made it our last night out, and we weren't disappointed. The food is good (with peaks of excellence), the staff are friendly, and the atmosphere is welcoming, unpretentious and comfortable (there are also lots of booths, which are a very nice touch). I'm Italian, very picky about food quality, and normally cringe when anyone suggests 'Italian' restaurants, but this place serves up the sort of good food you'd expect in a standard Italian household -- which is a million miles better than the vast, *vast* majority of 'Italian' restaurants in this country. The chef must also have changed since October because the food was even better the second time (e.g. excellent meatballs, and they serve a really good Caprese salad, with a perfect vinaigrette, another rarity in British restaurants, where salads come either drowning in some kind of Newman's Own-style cream or with nothing at all, as though you're supposed to graze on it!). If you then factor in the price, which is very reasonable, well, we think there just isn't a place in Durham to beat it. If you're after a 'chic' restaurant with better cutlery and design than food, then go somewhere else, but if you want good food, a relaxed atmosphere and good value, this is the place for you.
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