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“Friday night and my wife and I fancied an Italian meal...”

Written on: 28/08/2010 by tom c (1 review written)

Friday night and my wife and I fancied an Italian meal so we picked Italia Nostra at random from a list of possible venues. We noticed on passing in the car that it was almost empty, however, we thought we would give Nostra the benefit of the doubt and soak up the traditional family atmosphere that their publicity boasts of. The staff were friendly and polite on arrival and cold drinks (italian beer and tonic water) were served promptly. It was all downhill from here. For my starter, I chose the Antipasti Della Casa which promised to offer a selection of mouth watering Italian cured meats etc. It consisted of some chopped celery, a supermarket tomato, some tinned butterbeans, a bedraggled slice of proscuittio (the high point), 4 slices of cheap, fetid salami and two slices of spam. All liberally doused in oil. My wife selected calamari from the special board with homemade tartar sauce and was treated to some deep fried frozen squid rings with tartar a la jar on a bed of brown, mushy lettuce. We had ordered main courses - but didn't stick around to see how bad they were. We raised our concerns with the maitre d' and on checking with the chef she assured us that although the lettuce was indeed old, the salami was definitely not off. I beg to differ.

We promptly paid the bill for our drinks and starters and headed off to 103 on Unthank Rd for some proper food. Avoid this restaurant at all costs. It is, in my opinion, horrific.