Archive for April, 2010

Italian with a Brazilian

It’s been a while since I last visited Friday Food. No particular reason but I guess it’s been a bit of a slow few weeks on the whole food front. Last night we most definitely got back on track with a visit to La Casa (http://www.lacasa-restaurant.co.uk/), a fairly traditional Italian restaurant that has undergone quite a few reinventions in its history.

Good Italian to me is a bit of an oddity. I guess it’s because it usually means some fairly non-Italian food to most people (Domino’s pizzas with cheese in the crust spring to mind). The thought of regional Italian cooking, or speciality dishes from Naples or Tuscany just don’t really feature on most people’s radar. La Casa tries to blend the traditional with the modern offering up the standard pizzas and pasta but with some really sound Italian dishes which, I have to admit, I much prefer.

Starting with superb portobello mushrooms cooked with dolcelatte and pancetta (which were excellent, I must admit) I then went for a superb steak dish, again cooked with mushrooms, which is a speciality of Florence. Absolutely outstanding cut of meat, cooked to perfection and accompanied perfectly with an excellent Amarone della Valpolicella. This being a Friday night, the whole restaurant was buzzing, with not a single table spare and everyone, young and old, thoroughly enjoying themselves. Rather bizarrely, the waiting staff were not all Italian and our particular server I found out to be Brazilian (and a big football fan too as it turns out). Not that it mattered, of course.

It’s nice to find somewhere that just has the word “relaxed” written all over it, and La Casa does that in spades. It’s not really place you’d go for a romantic or celebratory meal but if you want really, really good Italian food and to chill out with a good bottle of vino collapso you can’t go far wrong.

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