Address: 10A Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LJ
Tel: 0117 926 8891
I’ve walked past this quaint little Italian countless numbers of times however never really went in. Until one Tuesday a few weeks ago when I popped in with as friend for some after work drinks.
The name and the decor scream family run business and as we stepped in we weren’t disappointed as we were greeted by a well dressed and very polite Italian waiter who showed us to our table. We were only the second table in there (It was a Tuesday night so probably not the busiest) however the restaurant itself seemed so cosy we weren’t put off by the lack of other customers.
The decor was traditional – dark wood, red and white checked table clothes and candles, the restaurant owners had certainly stamped their personality on the place with football memorabilia and photographs over the walls it sounds slightly tacky and maybe it was, but for me this simply added to the charm of the place.
Next came the menu, lots of pizza and pasta dishes – typical Italian menu with typical prices – pizzas at £7 to £12 each and pasta dishes similar. We decided to share a pizza and ordered some garlic bread. I was pleased to see that house wine could be ordered by the litre or half litre and was served in a carafe (okay I know its pretentious to like the carafe but it’s a novelty factor which always makes me smile!)
The food when it arrived was good – not earth shattering admittedly but I certainly can’t complain, it was simple, tasty and hit the spot. Pizza was flavoursome and generous in portions, I was relieved we were sharing as there was no way I could have managed one on my own. Garlic bread was very hot when it came out and slightly greasy but still enjoyable.
Overall it was a lovely evening – a brilliant stop off with lots of atmosphere and great service. If you’re looking for Italian fine dining head to Prosecco’s in Clifton Village however if you’re looking for somewhere welcoming for a casual and traditional dining experience I’d definitely recommend Mamma Mias.