Celebrate the Italian way this World Pasta Day, 25th October, and enjoy the perfect dish at one of Bath's Italian restaurants. Here are six to get you started...
You can't miss Amarone on an evening, as its exterior is always lit up in red, white and green in honour of their Italian heritage. The perfect place for a pre-theatre dinner (it's right next to the Theatre Royal), pick pasta and choose from a vast selection of freshly made dishes, from penne all’arrabbiata and cacio e pepe to ravioli filled with burrata cheese.
2. Sotto Sotto
Set down in the vaults below North Parade Road, Sotto Sotto's unassuming exterior hides a cosy and intimate setting – think exposed stone walls and candlelight – and deliciously authentic Italian food. In addition to their specialities, including grilled swordfish and pistachio-crusted rack of lamb, their pasta menu ranges from linguine con gamberi and homemade fettuccine to creamy risotto. Be sure to book well in advance though, as Sotto Sotto is a popular choice!
3. Ponte Vecchio
Taking inspiration from its weir-side location, with Pulteney Bridge in view (the other two of the four bridges in the world with shops spanning both sides are in Florence and Venice), Ponte Vecchio is the perfect spot for traditional Italian dishes and Mediterranean alfresco dining in the summer. Their vegan chickpea arrabbiata pasta packs a spicy punch, or if pizza's more your thing, watch it being made in the open and stone-based oven.
Tasty pasta dishes sit alongside a range of Italian-inspired mains and indulgent desserts at Aqua, a welcoming restaurant located in a converted chapel on Walcot Street. Their slow-roasted ox cheek ragu and pappardelle pasta, along with a glass of red wine, makes for the perfect treat on a cold autumnal evening!
5. The Italian Food Hall
Bringing a slice of Mediterranean sunshine to Bath, The Italian Food Hall, on George Street, is an independent food store selling the very best of Italian produce, and serving fresh food and drink. Pay a visit for an antipasto lunch, and pick up the authentic ingredients afterwards, to take home and make for yourself. Their regular Supper Clubs are also a great chance to meet new people passionate about Italy, learn a little of the language, and enjoy delicious food and wine.
6. Martini Restaurant
Also on George Street is Martini Restaurant. Warm and inviting and with a family-friendly atmosphere, their extensive menu of pasta dishes range from the light but flavourful linguine con granseola, crab meat tossed with chilli, spring onions and cherry tomatoes, to the gnocchi alla sorrentina, combining fluffy potato gnocchi with mozzarella and spicy sausage in a tomato sauce – buon appetito!
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