“ Address: 36-37 Newborough / Scarborough / North Yorkshire / England / YO11 1NF / Tel: 01723 367842 „
I stumbled across Tricolo restaurant earlier this year on a short trip to Scarborough. We were looking for somewhere quite cheap to eat on the last night of our trip, which was close to our B+B. As we were staying on the Eastborough which runs parallel to the sea front, even the chip shops were expensive (who pays £8 for fish and chips?!). As we embarked on our journey in search of good food at a decent price, we noticed a tiny Italian restaurant, almost an immediate neighbour to our B+B; casting a quick glance over the menu it seemed reasonably priced, so we ventured in.
From outside it didn't seem a lot to look at. It has a pretty non-descript green front and blinds, but there's a tempting warm glow which invites you in. Inside, is anything but non-descript; the restaurant is packed with things to see, including one wall which is mocked up to show a medieval Italian street, complete with Juliette balconies; another wall is decorated to show the inside of the Tuscan family homes, a real cosy and warm feeling encompasses you as you are shown to your table under the 'stars' of the Med; softly lit with a single candle.
Above the bar there are blackboards which contain the daily specials; we made the mistake of missing these and when the waiter came and asked if we would like to hear the specials we both said no as we had made our choices off the menu. Whilst we were waiting for our food, I noticed that the special was Traditional Italian Meatballs (which I LOVE), so I was a little disappointed. However, the main menu is bursting with a great selection of hot and cold starters/Anti Pasti, unusual Garlic Breads such as Blue Cheese flavour, pasta, steaks, meats, fish and of course pizza! There are also plenty of veggie options and salads for the health conscious. An extensive wine selection to choose from sits on its own menu, (again blackboards above bar tell you if there are any seasonal specials), including my favourite Rioja, Pinot Grigio and traditional Prosecco; a classic light and dry Italian frizzanti. Tap water is available free of charge to accompany your meal and is served in a large jug to share with lots of ice and lemon.
Food is reasonably priced and comparable with the likes of Frankie and Bennies, Joe Rigatonis, etc. For example a pizza or past will cost between £6 and £9 depending on your selection. I opted for Carnivore Calzone; folded pizza stuffed with pepperoni, salami, chilli, garlic, and mozzarella then topped with Bolognese sauce. This cost £8.95. Drinks are a little more expensive, but this is what made my girlfriend's night - they sell an unusual beer called Desperados; it's only really available in Selfridges and other premium food halls, so she was delighted. At £3.50 per bottle it wasn't cheap, but it was well worth it. Wine ranges from £15-£20 per bottle, but the house wine is available at £3.25 per glass. Coffees, Teas and most soft drinks were around £2.
Whilst we waited for our food we got talking to the waiter about the restaurant. It is a family run business and has been since 1977 when the Jaconelli family converted their Ice Cream Parlour into a Pizza restaurant. Its open 7 days a week from 4pm until 'late' (usually closing around midnight and booking is not always necessary). On the restaurant website, you can print out a 10% discount voucher if you are a first time visitor and enjoy a discount on your meal. They also offer an 'Early Bird' Menu between 4pm and 6pm which offers certain pizza and pasta for just £4.95 - saving around £2.50 per dish. Additionally, members of the Armed Forces can benefit from 10% discount all year round with the 'Hero's Welcome' discount offered.
Looking around, the other diners were really mixed; families, couples (young and old) and a group of young girls on a party night out. I understand the appeal - it's very romantic and intimate in one side of the restaurant, separated only by an open arch the other 'half' is brightly lit and equipped with high chairs and a baby food heating service; making the place family friendly and appealing to all ages. No imposing music like Frankie and Bennies, or overcrowding and cramped tables like Joe Rigatonis, just relaxed and stylish dining in a clean environment (bathroom was clean, I checked before I ordered, as usual).
Our waiter couldn't help us enough; he was polite and friendly without lingering too long or imposing on our conversation. When he brought out our food he set it down and offered us black pepper, parmesan shavings, condiments, etc - as is usual - then left us to enjoy our meal. The food was hot, fresh and full of flavour - well presented and well cooked. It was a decent sized portion, just right, not too large and intimidating or too small that it left us hungry. The cutlery and crockery were really clean, no suspect lipstick marks or baked on food particles under the plate from the kitchen. After our meal they cleared our table away soon enough, but not too quick that it made us feel rushed. It was personal service, just from the one waiter which I prefer, rather than feeling you're on a production line. After our meals were cleared, they had settled and I had finished my wine, the waiter called by and asked us if we could 'squeeze' a dessert in, as we had told him we were so full after our main; we couldn't and asked for the bill which was prepared quickly and returned with a lolly and a smile.
Our meal with wine and beer for one course cost £24 which I think is very reasonable and we were in the restaurant for around 1 hour 15 min. As with many budget restaurants I would have liked to have a bread basket/rolls to nibble on whilst we were waiting for food but I appreciate to make costs low they have to cut corners. I really liked the attentive staff, the quality and quantity of food at this reasonable price. I also fell in love with the atmosphere and I would recommend it to parents for a children's party, or adults for a romantic meal or group event.
36-37 Newborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1NF