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The Newcastle-under-Lyme branch of Pasta Di Piazza prides itself on bringing traditional flavours of Italy to the heart of Staffordshire.
Pasta Di Piazza,
125 High Street,
Telephone: 01782 617610
By Lauren Foster
Having recently undergone a refurbishment, the Newcastle-under-Lyme branch of Pasta Di Piazza prides itself on bringing traditional flavours of Italy to the heart of Staffordshire.
We were impressed from the moment we walked in. Pasta Di Piazza boasts a stunning interior - think Little Italy meets contemporary art deco - and despite the restaurant being particularly busy for a Thursday evening, it had a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
We perused the extensive menu over a cold Peroni and some bread and dipping oils - a necessity for us when visiting an Italian restaurant.
To start, we shared Melanzane Mozzerella - aubergine baked with béchamel sauce and mozarella cheese - and Prosciutto Caprese; buffalo mozarella wrapped in parma ham and served with mixed salad and olives. Both arrived nicely presented and had been created using high-quality ingredients, a fact which left us excited about our forthcoming mains.
The main courses are split up into sections: pizza, pasta and risotto, beef dishes, chicken dishes and fish dishes, as well as a few salad options for those who’re watching the pounds.
After quite the deliberation, I opted for the Risotto Tutto Italia - a mixture of sautéed king prawns, peeled prawns, wild mushrooms, garlic, parmesan, tomato, cream and fresh, green herbs. The dish was absolutely delicious. The prawns were juicy and succulent, the sauce rich and creamy, and the addition of the other aforementioned ingredients had the effect of creating a perfect flavour balance.
On the other side of the table was a mountain of calzone filled with cheese, chicken, salami, garlic sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and herbs, served with a side of tomato-based sauce. It proved to be another tasty dish, showcasing the true spirit of rustic Italian cuisine.
I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that I can’t help but feel disappointed when I get served teeny-tiny portions while dining out. This certainly isn’t the case at Pasta Di Piazza - another hugely important selling point for us.
Choosing from an array of traditional Italian desserts, which included Torta Tiramisu, Cassata Gelato and Fruits Macedonia, I opted for the Torta Amaretto, a dish that comprised layers of sponge and Chantilly cream with amaretti biscuits and pistachio ice cream. The sponge was light and fluffy; the pistachio ice cream served as a perfect accompaniment to the delicious almond flavour.
My partner went for a toffee cheesecake - another successful dish, and one that made for an enjoyable end to an enjoyable evening.
As well as the evening menu, Pasta Di Piazza boasts lunch, children’s and festive menus, including a Christmas Day one for anybody who’d prefer to sidestep the traditional offering of turkey and sprouts.
Diners can also become a member of the Pasta Club to enjoy a selection of exclusive deals - fixed-price lunches, birthday and party offers, kids-eat-free options and evening deals from Sunday through to Wednesday.
If you’re a lover of authentic Italian dishes, hearty portions and high-quality ingredients, then this place is for you. The service was fantastic, and that, alongside the tasty food, relaxed atmosphere and stylish surroundings, certainly made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.