Before Xmas a new restaurant opened in
Well, I think in addition to the independent music, photography studio, and Tile Shop, it also still needs some quality indie food providers(greengrocers, deli, butchers etc) to really get on the ladder of quality. But the arrival of 'Vivo', a new Italian restaurant, has got to be going in the right direction.
Hearing Italians chattering as they run the place always helps in an Italian restaurant (how many have you been to where they don't seem to have much hands-on knowledge of Italy?!) - even if there were some training-up locals as well. Given it was a Monday night it was pretty darn busy. And judging by the sign in their window thanking everyone for making it such a huge success but apologising that they were now exhausted so had had to shut for some of their usual Sunday opening dates... well, that suggests it's made a real impact.
I had a glorious leek and potato soup with croutons and enough garlic to keep the vampires in the next county. Lovely very fresh homemade bread too. I then had a delicious dish of layered aubergines with tomatoes and mozzarella and a side salad. Neil had had a ratatouille with cheese and garlic bread followed by penne pasta with the most moist meatballs I have ever tasted (he let me have a little piece) along with a side salad. Stuffed to the gills, we had to stop there, but the meal was lovely and the atmosphere really friendly. Most people coming in were hugged and welcomed like old friends and they were lovely in saying bye to us when we paid and left.
Lunch and early evening (before 7pm) it's two courses for £7.95 which ain't bad. We will definitely go again!