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Always the same but I love it
Member Name: mizzy
Advantages: Reasonable prices, great service
Disadvantages: You have to book
This is my favourite chain Italian resturant. I have now been to branches in Winchester, Sheffield and Leeds (although the Leeds branch has gone now).
Firstly the Winchester branch. It is in one of the oldest buildings in Winchester, the staff say it is haunted! Especially the private room you can request for large groups. Its like sitting in an old tudor type house, even the furniture in that room is different and more old. Spooky.
The rest of the resturant fixtures and furniture are quite modern which works well against the oldfashioned building. Theres an upstairs which has a lot of character though thats where the toilets are so you get a lot of people walking through.
They have a small area where you can wait with a few sofas. Not quite big enough when they are really busy.
This is one of the most popular resturants in Winchester, if you want to come her on thursday/friday/saturday then you have to book otherwise you wont get in.
Their menu is quite varied with salads, starters, pizza, pasta, oven baked pasta and puddings.
The best thing to order in my opinion is the goats cheese bruschetta for starters, mushroom pasta (top of pasta section), and the chocolate cake with icecream for dessert.
This is a vegetarian choice but my sister loves the Gorgonzolla and chicken pasta but she also loves the chocolate cake. It comes with really tasty icecream and is a bit melted and gooey.
The drinks arent too expensive with a bottle of house wine costing around £10. Soft drinks like coke are around £1.50
The staff in the Winchester branch are always pleasant and friendly. I must have been there about 40 times now in my life there, its always my resturant of choice when going out for an Italian at home.
It always has a good chatty atmosphere and is family friendly providing high chairs and child sized portions.
The branch in Sheffield is much the same but in more of an open spaced feel.
It was packed on a wednesday night and we were lucky to get a table without booking.
The food was exactly the same much as I had hoped and we were sat near the chefs who had an opened kitchen. It was fun to hear them cooking and made our entertainment for the evening.
The staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome. We didnt have to wait long for the food at all and the bill wasnt too bad for 3 people it was £44 including soft drinks, main meals and 3 puddings!
I cant wait to go there again on wednesday when I visit my sister.
Summary: Great for lunch or dinner