For many of my fellow Bristolians, this particular review will seem well overdue; so I’ll keep it short and sweet. After all, with 10 branches peppered across the Bristol and Gloucester area, I imagine there will be a fair number of you who have already visited Bottelino’s, but for those of you who haven’t-here’s a swift introduction.
Bottelino’s is run by the local Botta family, established over 30 years ago in central Bristol, and it has gone from strength to strength, picking up various awards along the way; winning Independent Italian Restaurant Chain of the Year 2007 and 2010 but to name a few. They pride themselves on serving “beautiful, fresh, Italian food”, and following my recent visit to their Nailsea branch, I couldn’t agree more.
The restaurants are everything you’d expect from a traditional Italian, with enthusiastic, friendly staff, cosy dining areas and an extensive menu. Prices are reasonable, and a visit at lunch time will cost you only £4.95 for any pizza or pasta (a bargain when you consider that some of these dishes are priced at £12.95!) The food is again, exactly what you’d hope for-authentic, homemade Italian recipes. I opted for the Giardino pizza-a monster of a dish topped with artichokes, anchovies, mushrooms, olives and mozzarella, half of which was happily boxed up for me to take home. I would also highly recommend the Lasagne al Forno and the Orechiette al Pollo-a huge portion of Orechiette pasta in rich creamy sauce with chicken, mushrooms garlic and a kick of chilli.
So there it is…I won’t mess around, as Bottelino’s certainly don’t. They know what they do and they do it well, and I think it’s testament to that mentality that so many fellow foodies hold Bottelino’s in such high esteem!