Stepping into Mediterrano, one feels like he/she has been transported away from bustling Preston Circus to the cosy home of a dear friend that is based in Sicily. With only about half a dozen or so tables in the restaurant, our host greeted us by first name and proceeded to explain that there was no rush and that the table was hours for the evening and to relax. The menu is very focused, but firmly rooted in Sicilian cuisine, yet there was enough variety there to suit most palates. Additionally, most (if not all) of the dishes are prepared to order, so they are willing to tweak dishes accommodate taste preferrences or dietary restrictions. The ingredients seem to be as fresh as can be and they endeavour to source key ingredients from Sicily as much as possible. Our host made it clear that he does not make recommendations, but is happy to describe the dishes in detail so that guests can decide whether or not a dish is for him or her. In essence, he stands by his dishes; who would offer a dish on a menu that they would not recommend?
I had the Involtini as a starter and the Merluzzo, which comes with an additional £3 supplement, and both were faultless. My wife and the same starter but had the Pasta al Limone e Spinaci that was outstanding. The food was nicely presented, but importantly it was prepared with care and pride. At the end of the evening, all of the guests left with smiles and, in my case, with a desire to return and relive the experience again soon.
Although nestled a bit, the restaurant is not difficult to get to, as it is adjacent to the Duke of York Cinemas at Preston Circus. For an all around special experience and good value, I cannot recommend this restaurant enough.