We visited here for my wife’s birthday on 22nd March 2018 along with the kids. We visited here a couple of year ago after it first opened with another couple and I was less than impressed that time, but it continues to garner good reviews and I thought we would give it another go.
The restaurant itself is a beautiful setting, very warm and welcoming and a very pleasant place to be. The staff are friendly and made us feel welcome. We ordered starters and main courses for us all, the kids having garlic bread to start and margherita pizzas for main. My wife had garlic mushrooms to start followed by a creamy salmon pasta dish off the specials that day. I plumped for a tomato and Sicilian sausage starter followed by a risotto topped with cod loin for main. The meals did take a little while to arrive, and there was quite a gap between starters and mains, not to the point of being inconvenient but enough for me to notice. Although the pizzas were fine for the kids my own meal was below par. The starter was a simple dish and tasted so. There was no depth to it and it just tasted of tinned tomatoes with a bit of sausage in them. My main, although it was a ‘special’ was poor. Amazing that they had taken the ingredients and made them taste of nothing, not helped by it being incredibly under seasoned to the point that I think it had the salt chemically removed from it. For it being one of the crop of ‘modern’ Italian restaurants the risotto was over cooked and dry. Risotto should sink on to the plate and have some fluidity, but this was just a clump of stodgy rice. As a balance my wife said her dish was very tasty.
In all this was another disappointing visit for me. The restaurant is popular with a particular group of people in the local area and I believe the reputation they provide it ensures it is higher in the Internet charts than perhaps it should be. I won’t totally give up on it as I am a supporter of local establishments, but it will have to up its game on my next visit.
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