A couple of days ago, we were invited to review the Bristol branch of Italian restaurant franchise Prezzo and check out their new sharing menu and yesterday was the day that we popped in for lunch with Ben’s brother and his new girlfriend. Having only opened in autumn last year, Prezzo is still relatively new in Bristol, but with its modern ambiance it fits in perfectly into the vibrant flair of Bristol’s harborside.
On arrival, we were promptly seated and provided with a highchair and entertainment pack for Amy, which is always a big plus point when taking an active toddler on a lunch date. Prezzo’s drinks menu offers a great choice of wines complimenting your meal choice as well as an extensive selection of soft drinks, waters and spirits. As we went for lunch, we chose soft drinks, but we will make sure to trial a nice Italian wine the next time we visit.
The main menu was divided into different sections to help you choose from starters, bread & olives and mains including classic pasta dishes, pizza, grills as well as filled pasta, al fornos and, of course, risottos and salads. Inside the menu is also a section for special menus or deals. Up until the 4th March, Prezzo offers diners a selection of dishes to share.
The ‘sharing menu’ comprises one soup (which we forgot about when ordering, so we all had individual starters), three VIPizza’s and three pasta dishes. The pizzas – titled seafood and meat, hot and not and naked and dressed, are designed so that each dish has a half ‘n’ half topping for two people to share and are served with a choice of two sides from potato gratin, side salads and house fries.
The Pasta Valentinus (penne, chicken, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach in a pecorino cheese sauce) is available for the first time and is served with two classic pastas and two side dishes, but let’s have a look at what we ordered.
(Sliced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, basil pesto and garlic on baked flat bread)
Grilled Goat’s Cheese
(With plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on ciabatta bread with a balsamic glaze)
Oven Roasted Chicken Wings
(With rosemary salt and a tomato chilli dip)
(Stuffed with grana padano cheese, garlic, onions, mushrooms and breadcrumbs)
(Chargrilled chicken breast with field mushrooms and leeks in a gorgonzola and cream sauce)
Fusilli Alla Rusticana
(Seasoned chicken, pancetta bacon, roasted peppers and fresh rosemary in a tomato and cream sauce)
Pasta Valentinus Sharing Menu
(Penne, chicken, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach in a pecorino cheese sauce + 2 pasta dishes and sides of your choice)
Wild Mushroom Girasole
(With buffalo mozzarella, basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, fresh rocket and field mushrooms)
(Layers of rich mascarpone cream and Savioardi sponge fingers soaked in espresso coffee)
Milk Chocolate Fudge Cake
(Topped with a luxurious layer of milk chocolate fudge finished with crushed chocolate brownie and served with vanilla ice cream)
Sticky Toffee Pudding
(Served with hot butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream)
The food was absolutely excellent. It was beautifully presented with the typical vibrant colours you expect to see in an Italian restaurant and just so so tasty. I can’t comment precisely on everybody else’s meal, but I can assure you that not one of us was disappointed with their meal choice. I had the Wild Mushroom Girasole and it was so flavoursome and fresh that it beamed me back to my big Italy trip in 2002 and made me feel like I was on holiday. It was just gorgeous!
Amy ate from the children’s menu and enjoyed a mixed salat, a calzone with ham and mushrooms and some ice-cream for pudding. At £5.95, it was great value for money and more than plenty for her little tummy. The calzone could have easily fed an adult, but our little lady had no problem eating more than half of it. Even our waitress complimented on how well she was eating.
Finally, I have to say that Prezzo has catapulted itself to the top of my list of Italian restaurants in Bristol and will see us again very, very soon. The atmosphere was great, the staff were really friendly and accommodating and the food could not have been better. We had a brilliant afternoon and although the prices are a little higher than other chain restaurants, the quality and service that we were met with absolutely justified this.
Disclosure: Prezzo covered our bill for the purpose of this review, but my opinion is 100% honest and unbiased. If you want to keep up to date with Prezzo’s latest deals or special, make sure to follow them Twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to make use of the new “Sharing Menu”. It won’t last long and gives you the chance to try a great selection of flavours.