I walked past Ciao Bella as I was trying to check into the hotel I was staying at. The seed had already been planted. When my boyfriend arrived to the hotel and asked what we should do for dinner, I already knew. Italian, obviously. A quick search on google maps showed this place was a safe bet with all the high reviews (not that they are always conclusive).
Hand in hand, we made our way to the restaurant for a date night. We were seen to by an attentive waiter and seated almost immediately. We ordered some drinks to start with and then I ordered the Black Tagliatelle with Prawns and Scallops (£13.95) from the specials board with a side of Zucchini Fritti (£3.75). I just can’t seem to resist ordering a side of these when I see it on the menu.
Funny story: The drinks arrived. A few seconds later, the waiter returned back and sheepishly asked to see our IDs.
“Sorry, I don’t mean to offend you but can I just see some ID? *Takes my ID* Oh… ’96… wow you look very young for your age. Sorry, please take it as a compliment”
Neither of us were offended, this always happens but it made us laugh.
Back to the food, the fritti were crispy with a well seasoned batter but a little on the greasy side. The tagliatelle on the other hand? Star of the show. The tagliatelle was cooked to perfection. The creamy sauce was peppery and salty and coated each and every strand of pasta. The prawns and scallops were both tender and juicy, though an extra scallop or two wouldn’t go amiss.
This place was ideal for an evening dinner date. The service was good, food tasty and the atmosphere was set just right by the dimmed lights and candlelights. If you see the tagliatelle on the specials board, I’d highly recommend this dish. Also, I found out after paying that there’s a groupon voucher you can use for money off your bill – check it out if you’re interested in this restaurant!