“ 80 Main Street, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7EU. Tel:0115 9663711 „
We have enjoyed so many wonderful evenings in the past at this venue but after visiting tonight we will not be returning. our ttable was booked for 7pm, we were told to take a seat outside and a waiter would be along to take a drinks order as the dining table was not yet ready. 30 mins later a drinks order was given and 30 mins later the drinks order arrived. After a further wait we asked if the table was available and eventually was shown to a table. The ordered food arrived some two hours after our table was booked. One of our guests received their French fries 10 mins. after their meal arrived. The staff were un-friendly and certainly not organised. Total disappointing evening which cost hard earned money being wasted. No return for us or our friends who were visiting for the first time.
We went to Pontefino's last night and had a lovely meal. The service was prompt, the food very good and the surroundings very nice. It appears the restaurant has been decorated/renovated/well cleaned as the whole place was looking well presented, clean and stylish. Our waiters were attentive, smart and courteous. The food it self was great, very tasty, nicely presented and a notch up on other Italians I have been too. The prices cater for a wide budget as starters range from £4.50 to £7.00+, main course's are from £8.00 to £17.00 and desserts I am unsure about as we didn't order. Overall I would recommend this place and I look forward to returning in the summer so the location can be appreciated.
A group of 4 of us visited this restaurant, a table wasn't ready for us as they said we had only booked for 2, not 4. Obviously, we would only book for 2 when 4 of us were coming.
We were asked to wait outside on the decking area as there was no room to wait inside the restaurant. Luckily the weather was ok that night, but we couldnt help wondering where you would wait if it was raining. The bar area was overcrowded with people eating at tables so it couldnt be used as a meeting area or to have a drink at before you go to your table.
As an overall review, we would not recommend this restaurant. The waiter we had (we affectionately named him elvis) was nice enough to start with but when we didnt want to order wine from the wine list became abrupt and didnt seem interested in serving us after that.
We had to ask for plates for our starters which we were sharing, there were long delays between courses and then 2 main meals were brought out while the other 2 took another 5 minutes to come out. We were not asked if we wanted desserts.
The food itself was very overpriced for what you got. The meat dishes lacked any substantial amount of meat, our order of penne pasta with chicken and pepperoni contained about a quarter of a breast of chicken, no more. And the fabulous sea food pasta dish which should have contained various different types of sea food appeared to only contain mussels, they were only recognisable because they were in their shells. The penne pasta used was comparable with what you could buy in a supermarket.
All in all, we won't be visiting again
Fantastic!What a brilliant, non- chain owned restaurant. Had a fantastic evening here. The food was excellent. The staff were lovely and will def return. Great work Pontifino- Keep it up!
Six of us went to this restaurant for a meal on a Saturday evening in November 2009. When we arrived we were kept hanging around in reception for about 15 minutes despite being on time. We weren't even "allowed" to order drinks! Eventually we got our table. My starter of vegetables in a tomato sauce was OK but my companions were all disappointed in their choices. The main courses were terrible - all of them! My Veal Milanese could have been anything - the veal was paper thin but the breadcrumb topping was thick and greasy so that's all I could taste. A Rib-Eye steak was ordered medium-rare but was well done, two pizzas were both soggy, a spaggheti dish was greasy and the seabass was grey and tasteless. All in all absolutely terrible and none of us will be going back.
myself and three other guests visited this restaurant very recently and was quite pleased with first impressions, food was excellent but felt that the staff wanted you in and out in a quick a time as possible as there was only a short space of time between first and second course.
We only had a choice of bottled drinks as the pumps were out of action, so opted for a bottle of house wine and soft drink.
Restaurant was very nicely set out but felt was missing something for the windows as it felt quite bare and cold without anything.
As i mentioned earlier food was excellent, but we found in one of the puddings we had there was a large piece of grit, we complained and they could not apologise enough but never offered to let us have the dessert on the house, just as well a child did not have that portion.
We received the bill at the end which we checked only to find that they had charged us twice for the wine and the soft drink, after they apologised again and altered the bill we found the prices to be reasonable.
I feel that due to the above circumstances, we shall not be visiting again
although i would say that the food is excellent and all praise to the chefs.
It's not every day that a new restaurant opens in a small rural Nottinghamshire village. Nor is it every day that my local shuts for a private function on an evening. However, due to the latter, and the fact that I had a craving for a great big bowl of pasta, for my Sunday evening tea, I somehow ended up at Pontefino's in Gunthorpe, Notts.
Gunthorpe is actually home to three Trent waterfront restaurants, the other side of the river from my house, but nevertheless within an easy stroll. The third of these was the Anchor pub, and somewhere I had frequented only once in the last 4 years.
This old pub was unable to compete with the modern competition of the massive chain restaurant nearby and the slightly more upmarket Tom Brown's Brasserie. So a couple of months ago I noticed it was reinventing itself as a slick stylish Italian restaurant.
My first opportunity to visit was quite recently. We had not booked a table, and Sunday nights can be difficult if you want to dine out in a place that doesn't have a menu provided by Wetherspoons.
There is plenty of parking for the restaurant, in fact the grounds are quite an eclectic mix, as there is outdoor dining, but also a huge field out the back and there were several caravans hooked up for the evening. The car park was absolutely bursting, which we took to be a good sign. Although the restaurant looked fairly quiet from the outside, once we got inside we realised the extent of its seating capacity/covers - it did manage to absorb them all quite easily.
Inside, and we were warmly welcomed by the restaurant manager who invited us to get a drink and take a seat in the waiting area. This was welcome while we diligently read the menu placed before us. My observations that the décor was slightly unfinished, predominantly a black and white theme, with some modern black and white art in places, but still plenty of bare wall. The seating area was a slightly odd mix of furnishings - all black leather, some sofas, and some swivel chairs, all in front of a traditional brick fireplace, a feature of the old pub (which I had only been in the once, so I could barely recognise).
We were soon seated at our table - the general layout of the tables was welcome, as this had been a pub, there were several small semi private areas although we were seated near the rear bar. I selected a vegetarian crepe starter followed by fettucine au salmone, while hubby opted for deep fried whitebait and a pizza...there was plenty of selection in the menu in including pasta, pizzas, grills and fish etc, and I expect I will have to visit a couple of times to sample a few more dishes.
Starters were typically around the £5 mark while pasta and pizza around £8-9, which we felt was very reasonable.
Generally speaking we found our service acceptable. The staff were impeccable in their approach, although there were a few areas that required a little bit of polish. For example, the single gentleman sitting behind us had paid a visit to the gents - and his food came out. Strictly speaking that should have been taken back to the kitchen and kept warm for a couple of minutes. I didn't particularly enjoy the wine I was served by the glass so asked to see a wine list and unfortunately they were between suppliers and expecting the new lists in the following day, so they could sell them but nothing to peruse. There wasn't a massive range, and I am not a massive fan of European wines so I stuck with the house wine for another glass.
Food wise though, and it was delicious, We both loved both dishes that we ordered and left four clean plates behind. I cannot comment on the quality of the whitebait, but his pizza was really yummy, and my fettucine was laden with plenty of smoked salmon and avocado.
Although tempted with the tiramisu, we declined the pudding and coffee options. I am quite fussy where my specialty coffee is concerned and as I had not seen any others being poured, I did not want to spend the extra money and then be disappointed. I could have course missed the best coffee of my life...
I am trying to remember why we both left feeling the service just needed a little brush up. The staff were all well mannered. I think it was the serving of the gentleman's dish behind me and the fact that the same gentleman was served an expresso by a bar man who had a towel over his shoulder. I accept they are new and I am certainly going to visit the restaurant again, particularly for a midweek meal or weekend evening meal for two - however I would be reluctant to take visitors until I knew the service levels had been polished up a few points here and there.
Overall cost wise our bill was around £41 including two rounds of drinks, which I think was more than fair given the lovely surroundings and nice food. I think as the restaurant matures in both its service levels and as the internal aspects are completed then it can only go from strength to strength. Situated in a lovely picturesque village by the River Trent, for informal dining, price wise it is represents value.