We had looked through a number of options for Dinner and had discarded several as they were closed on Sundays. We both enjoy Italian food so, when Big Italy popped up on our Search, we thought we'd give it a try. I called to see if we'd need a reservation but was assured none was necessary.
We arrived about a quarter to six. We were quickly seated at a table and Paul came to take our drinks' order. There was a good choice including San Bernadetto sparkling water and Peroni beer. My wife had a speciality tea.
We then chose a meat platter for Antipasto and a Zucchini soup. Both were very tasty and we were also given complimentary bread and pesto. The meat (and Pecorino) had been freshly sliced and were all the better as a result.
For our Entrees I had a Cosenza Pizza and my wife had her "test dish" of spaghetti carbonara. My Pizza was beautifully thin with plenty of meat and bacon as well as good mozzarella. My only slight criticism in terms of total authenticity was that there was a little too much topping and it was round rather than the Roman ellipse. But I am well aware that some clients would otherwise complain about too little topping and its shape!
The Spaghetti Carbonara was very good indeed with plenty of bacon and just the right amount of sauce. The pasta was al dente and my wife's plate had no sauce left in it at the end of her meal.
We had home-made Cannelloni and they were also very good with a delicious chocolate drizzle. We declined coffee but we were provided with some water "to go" to allow my wife to take some medication - a thoughtful gesture.
The ambiance was rather quiet and reminiscent of a sports bar. It was also lacking diners and that is both a shame and surprising considering the quality of the food. There were some sports programmes on the big TVs but we enjoyed the Trivia and "cartoon" about Italy in comparison to the EU.
Paul was attentive and pretty well informed. We've lived in Italy and have friends from that country who are experienced and senior chefs so the Restaurant was under some pressure.
We enjoyed our food and would be happy to return to try more of the Menu. It was a shame that it was not more busy. It is neither cheap nor expensive and we paid just under $88 with the Service at 18% already added for convenience.
As well as speciality pizzas they have a good range of meat and fish dishes and also plenty of options for vegetarians. They can also provide gluten free pasta which will appeal to some. In summary a genuine Italian meal with good quality ingredients and generally well put together. It's not fine dining and a touch on the pricey side for some I guess but we would certainly recommend it.
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