It was a hard slog of a shopping trip, but luckily there was a safe haven awaiting us. Despite the crowds outside, a warm welcome would be found at Piccolino; a chance to recharge and enjoy some great food.
I’ve been to Piccolino before, but not for a while, so this lunchtime treat was very satisfying. The staff were very helpful and we immediately felt relaxed. All four of our party – including a six year old with fussy tastes – were looked after very well.
Here’s a brief over view of the food I enjoyed.
As it was lunchtime, we didn’t bother with starters as such, but ordered some garlic bread to share. This Pane All’Aglio was served with tomato and basil – essentially a tomato sauce – and was delicious. Especially popular with our youngest member.
For my lunch proper, I ordered Fusilli Puttanesca Con Pollo – a pasta dish, with chicken, tomato, olives, chilli, anchovies and capers. I was looking forward to this dish, and I wasn’t disappointed – it was superb. Not just any old thrown together pasta meal, this was exquisite. I was very impressed, even better than expected.
Mrs Platinum Al ordered a pasta dish also – Farfalle Al Salmone (probably just because it had my name in it). Joking aside, this was also very good – I had a sneaky try to confirm. I would happily order this meal myself on my next visit, if not for the fact that my Fusilli Puttanesca Con Pollo was so damn fine.
The little ‘un had a cheese and tomato pizza – that’s a Margherita to us professionals – and she destroyed it. The pizza proved very popular indeed.
I’d had a cheeky beer (Moretti La Rossa – excellent), and decided to splash out on a dessert. This was not a mistake, no sir.
I was tempted by some ice cream, and made a radical choice. Despite not being much of a fan of coffee, I chose the Affogato – Amaretto, espresso and vanilla ice cream. This was presented more like a cocktail than a pudding, with the ice cream covered in Amaretto and a shot of espresso to pour over the top. This was an amazing dessert – I still have dreams about it now!
A fabulous time was had by all of our party at Piccolino. The food was divine and service perfect. To top it all, our little girl had a great experience and we’d happily return for more family fun.
Food Quest Test
- Food: Enormous choice and delicious
- Drink: Plenty to choose from, need to try more next time!
- Service: Professional, friendly, hard working
- Cost: Very good value for quality food
Piccolino, 33 Pepper Row, Pepper Street, Chester CH1 1EA
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