If you were to ask me what my favourite cuisine is, the answer would most definitely be Italian. I love the use of herbs and cheese in their dishes and I do love a good authentic pizza. We were recently invited for a family meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Pasta di Piazza, set in the heart of the Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
We last visited the restaurant for our fifth wedding anniversary back in 2012. It’s a memorable date for us as not only were we celebrating five years of marriage, we were pregnant with our first baby and the 2012 Olympics were on in London so we couldn’t wait to go back and take our three year old, Olly for a family meal four years on.
After a warm welcome from the restaurant staff we were seated by the window. It was a quiet Sunday lunchtime and we were worried it might be too quiet for families but there were other children eating in the restaurant too. Olly was given an activity book with crayons whilst we tried to make up our minds on what to order. It all sounded delicious.
The menu at Pasta di Piazza is authentic and has a wonderful variety of dishes to choose from. There’s the Antipasti, Pizza, Pasta, Platters, Insalata and Dolci on the menu as well as an extensive selection of wines and other drinks to accompany the meal. There was also a selection of meals on the Specials board using seasonal and fresh produce to choose from.
We noticed that there wasn’t a children’s menu to choose from which was surprising so made some choices for Olly from the main menu. I think the restaurant would benefit from having a children’s menu as the portion sizes are very generous. Essentially children eating at the restaurant are served the same size meals as an adult which is far too much food and made us feel quite wasteful. If we had of known, we probably would have shared a starter with Olly and again, a main course.
What we ordered
We were given a basket of handmade Focaccia bread whilst we perused the menu and then ordered Grilled Goats Cheese for my husband, I had Crespelle (Home made pancakes filled with ricotta cheese and spinach baked in the oven on a bed of tomato sauce topped with parmesan and cream sauce) and we ordered Olly some garlic pizza bread.
We were surprised at the size of the portions. We couldn’t remember them being so generous but we all enjoyed our starters and both my husband and I enjoyed sampling Olly’s pizza too!
For our main course, my husband was sold on the steak and ordered the Filetto Pizzaiola (Pan seared fillet steak with garlic, mixed peppers, oregano, mushrooms and San Marzano tomatoes) served with potato slices and vegetables. Both Olly and I love pasta so wanted to sample the fresh pasta dishes. I ordered Pollo a la crema (chicken cooked with mushroom and spinach, simmered with white wine and cream sauce, served with tagliatelle) and Olly had his all time favourite pasta dish, Spaghetti Carbonara. As I mentioned earlier, the portion sizes are very generous and are brilliant value for money.
All our main dishes were incredible. Such wonderful flavours and I’m not ashamed to admit that I ate half of my own dinner as well as some of Olly’s carbonara. It was just divine!
No meal at Pasta di Piazza would be complete without sampling the desserts and we ordered Torta di Ciocolato (Chocolate gateaux served with cream or ice cream) for my husband, Semi Fredo al Torroncino (Nougat ice cream covered with nougat & hazelnut praline served with crushed amaretto biscuit) for me and we ordered Olly a scoop of Italian ice cream.
The desserts were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I really enjoyed my Semi Fredo al Torrincino and would happily order that dish every time. Yum!
The ambiance and atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and friendly, combined with great service, our waitress Angela was very attentive and friendly, plus amazing quality food, we had a fantastic afternoon at Pasta di Piazza and would thoroughly recommend anyone to visit if they’re in the Birmingham area.
Disclosure: Pasta di Piazza invited us to review the menu for the purpose of this review. All words and photographs are my own and we’d like to thank the management for their hospitality.