I was invited to visit Enoteca and try some of their Italian tapas menu, so went with a friend for lunch, and so glad I did! Not too far from Southampton’s busy high street, situated up in the quirkier Bedford Place area, I previously had no idea it was there but it’s definitely worth a wander as there’s a few different shops and cafes going on up there.
On arrival, we were greeted and seated by the owner, Neil, (it’s a cosy place so I’m sure this is a regular occurrence – and a touch that didn’t go unnoticed). The staff were attentive and offered drinks options right away.
I’d never tried, or actually even heard of, Italian tapas but all of the options on the menu sounded amazing so I’m glad I didn’t have to choose just one dish. We ordered a good mixture of plates to share; Polpettine meatballs, Spezzatino (cotechino sausage with roast new potatoes), tender beef skirt steak, aubergine rolls, caprese mozzarella salad & the prosciutto king prawns. You could smell the dishes already cooking as we ordered ours, and when the food arrived it did not disappoint. You could taste how fresh it all was, exactly what you would expect from a real Italian restaurant.
Not only is the food well presented here, each tapas dish is actually really filling and the flavours are absolutely amazing. I was super impressed by the quality of the food and it was refreshing to try tapas options such as beef skirt steak, which I’ve not seen before at your average tapas restaurant, no calamari in sight..
By the time we’d finished swapping plates and trying a bit of everything we were so full and very satisfied but having already seen the dessert menu, we couldn’t resist ordering something sweet to finish! We went ahead and ordered (with very full stomachs) the honey and yoghurt panna cotta and the Italian frangipane tart to share both, in true tapas style of course. BOTH delicious! The panna cotta was so smooth and so creamy but actually really light, the tart was a little heavier but so sweet and felt very indulgent, you could really taste the glow of the cherries through the pastry, highly recommend getting dessert!
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Enoteca, will definitely be going back and would highly recommend to anyone wanting to try real Italian food with a tapas twist.
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