Day 594 – #29 Go out for 12 meals

la passione

Finally!  Finally Chippenham has an Italian restaurant again.  It’s been a long time coming since Nico’s Restaurant closed 10(?) or so years ago.  And better still, it’s just up the road from our house 🙂

On Wednesday we went along to try out the food and see what had changed since the Brasserie closed.  The restaurant had only been open for a week and a half and the place was packed!  We hadn’t booked so we weren’t sure whether we’d get a table at all but one was quickly cleared and we were given our menus.

The menu was extensive – starters, pasta, pizzas, chicken dishes, steaks, veal & side dishes.  So there was plenty to choose from.  Mark ordered a bottle of Prosecco!  This wasn’t as outlandish as it sounds as the price was comparable with the other wine on the menu so not overly expensive.

For starters I had crispy squid and Mark had the Antipasto Misto.  My squid was lovely and light and came with a large salad.  Mark’s plate was huge and contained a mix of cured meats, cheese, olives & artichoke hearts.  There was also a little dish of bread & butter for us to share.  Good start.

For our main courses I had a veal dish which was served with Parma ham and a creamy sauce.  It also had a side of char-grilled peppers & courgettes which was a bit odd.  And they were huge pieces as well so looked a bit weird.  I didn’t eat those but the veal was lush.  Mark had Tagliatelle Arrabiata which was a very big portion again but very tasty.

Undeterred, we moved on to the pudding menu 🙂  I had profiteroles.  No explanation required but they were beautiful.  Mark had Tiramisu which was gorgeous.

To round off a terrific meal we each had a liqueur coffee.  I had Irish and Mark had Italian.  It was a very, very nice experience and we will definitely be going to back again to sample some of the other dishes.


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