Maybe this place is a step above your average takeaway pizza joint but I’m not sure it offered enough to make me come rushing back. The decor is inviting with Italian rustic charm and makes the most of the exposed red brick walls. The waitress took ages to serve us as she was setting out cutlery on empty tables rather than serving the few customers they already had. She was friendly but made me repeat my beer order a number of times until I got the Italian pronunciation correct – a bit like being back in school.
I ordered gnocchi ragu from the specials board, and my friends choose the linguine pescatore and the caprese pizza. Ten minutes after ordering the waitress returned and asked my friend who ordered the linguine if it was food. Or at least that’s what the three of us heard her ask even though it made no sense. He said yes and she walked off happy. She returned another five minutes later to ask if the linguine was with Napoli sauce or olive oil as she’d failed to ask when taking the order. It was starting to not bode well for his meal.
When the food finally arrived it was all good hearty Italian fare so I can’t complain about the meals. The pizza base was light and crispy and was cooked in a traditional wood fired oven. The pastas were tasty and reasonable portions. With more attentive service, the restaurant could certainly be quite appealing.
Apologies to the random nature of the photos, I accidentally deleted half the photos from this evening.
One highlight of the place is, if you decide to get spaghetti and get sauce all over yourself, don’t worry too much, there is a shower in the bathroom – if you don’t mind standing on the Japanese rock garden.