ON a balmy summer’s evening what could be more relaxing than good food, chilled wine and great company?
So it was that the husband and I found ourselves at Bella Italia in Touchwood sampling their new summer menu.
It was only around 7.30pm but already the restaurant was buzzing with families, friends and couples all chilling and enjoying the evening Italian- style.
A baked ciabbatta with olive oil and balsamic (£2.50) was shared while I opted for the light Mozzarella e Pomodoro, buffalo mozzarella and plum tomato with fresh basil and olive oil (£4.50) to start and the husband went for his favourite of Funghi Arrosto,mushrooms in a creamy mascarpone, spinach and garlic sauce with toasted ciabatta (£4.75).
Our meals arrived promptly served by waitress Emma who was one of the most cheerful and helpful servers I have come across. The husband and I were in the mood for meat and poultry so a Controfiletto ai Ferri, 7 ounce sirloin steak served with garlic butter, garlic mushrooms, fries and rocket (£14.50) headed towards the husband while I had one of the new dishes on the menu, Pollo alla Griglia, chargrilled chicken breast with roasted vegetables and new potatoes (£10.50).
My chicken was superb - tender and flavoursome while the roast vegetables and potatoes were plentiful and tasty. The husband declared his steak to be moist and cooked to his liking but, as a steak afficionado, decided it was fairly standard fare. He would have liked a little bit more on his plate even though he held the rocket!
Fit to bursting we still had a little bit of room for dessert - well it would have been rude not to!
I plumped for the new Torta Limone (£4.75), a refreshing lemon tart with a dollop of cream and the husband stayed true to form with his chocolate fix in the shape of Fondente al Cioccolate (£4.95), a warm chocolate pudding with mascarpone. We shared desserts and both were sumptuous.