Posted 6th October 2010
Friday lunchtimes call for a bit more effort than your standard week day (they certainly call for wine!) So in the name of ‘that Friday feeling’ my colleagues and I decided to try Europa, a quaint Italian just off Baldwin Street in Bristol city centre.
Whilst rustic looking from the outside, I can’t say I was bowled over by the clashy green and orange paintwork and fake plants throughout. I got the impression they were aiming for a Tuscan feel – albeit this was sadly not achieved.
Despite the décor perhaps not being up to much the staff were full of personality and Italian charm, providing excellent service and only too ready to help. The lunchtime menu was a bargain at under £7 for a main meal and choice of garlic bread or salad. (a drinks inclusive meal would I think pull in more customers but nonetheless still good value)
I was pleased to see the garlic bread was freshly made. Pizzas were large in size and authentic in presentation. I opted for pasta gabrielle, a creamy concoction of chicken and avocado – a slightly odd (dare I say risky?) combination but one which really worked and I thoroughly enjoyed.
Of our table of six we had no complaints and everyone enjoyed their meal – Frankie even took half her pizza home in a box for later! This wouldn’t be my top recommendation for an Italian meal in the evening however it really hit the spot for a lunchtime treat with colleagues and friends and somewhere I’m sure that I’ll go to again.
Verdict: A bargain lunchtime deal for those in search of tasty, unfussy Italian grub in the city.