Please kindly note the following information in advance of booking with us as our past experiences over the last 11+ years in this exceptionally busy restaurant have shown us that it is better that you are fully aware beforehand:

 

Our Christmas set menus are available for the whole month of December 2017 7 days per week (apart from on Christmas Day when we shall be closed) from 11.30am until late for groups of 6 or more adult diners.  On Fridays & Saturdays in December 2017 all groups of 6 or more adult diners must choose dishes from our Christmas Set Menu. Our full A La Carte Menu is also always available for parties of less than 6 adult diners.

 

Please note that for all bookings made for before 7pm we strictly require our tables back before two and a half hours after the booking time. This is fundamental to the smooth-running of our restaurant during an exceptionally busy period and must be respected. We assure that this period of time provides you with ample time for a 3-course meal and coffee/ further drink and it also allows us to plan our day during an exceptionally busy period and accommodate our many booking requests later that day. If this is not something that you feel you wish to nor shall able to comply with then please book elsewhere at a less busy / less well-prepared restaurant. Further, may we ask that you please try not to attend at our restaurant earlier than the booking time as it is extremely likely that we shall have absolutely no space for you to wait in apart from in our front doorway (not ideal) as your table is virtually guaranteed to be unavailable until your booking time and all other space in our dining areas shall be filled with other diners. Unfortunately (for us too), we do not have a separate bar area for you to drink and wait at. May we thank you in advance for observing our (regrettably) necessary timing requirements.  

 

A deposit of £10 per diner requires to be paid to confirm all Christmas period bookings within one week of making the booking with us. Payment of deposit can be made by telephone card payment or cash direct at the restaurant. If you are having difficulty gathering-in the deposits then please call us to let us know that you still wish to honour the provisional booking so that we can note such. If the deposit is not paid then the booking is not a confirmed one and your provisional booking is virtually guaranteed to be swiftly deleted from our table plan and replaced with another. The deposit of £10 per diner who attends will be deducted from the final bill when you come and dine with us. Deposit payment for diners who do not attend will not be deducted from the final bill nor refunded due to the severe inconvenience and expense this causes to our restaurant in wasted table space and/or booking refusals to other guests which it later turns out we would have been able to accommodate. If your group has more diners than you had anticipated when booking for then we don’t mind squeezing-in extra chairs in to the same size table space if you don’t (laws of physics permitting), however, the more notice you give us of such then the more likely we shall be able to amend our table plans to create space for you and give you all a more comfortable experience.

 

Please note that it is our practice to apply a 10% discretionary service charge to the final bill of all parties of 6 or more adult diners. If you do not wish for this to occur then please simply let us know (either when you book or when you request your bill) and we will not apply such. You do not require to pay the 10% discretionary service charge. It is discretionary.

 

Thank you (and sorry for the sore head).

                               

 

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION MENÚ

Available on Sunday to Thursday in December 2017

 

£19.95 per person for all 3 courses

 

Starter selection from:

ZUPPA DEL GIORNO

(Today's freshly-made soup of the day served with our daily-made Italian bread)

MINESTRONE ALL'ITALIANA (V)

(Freshly-made seasonal mixed vegetable soup served with our daily-made Italian bread)

BRUSCHETTA AL POMODORO (V)

(Oven-baked freshly-made Italian garlic bread (hot) and topped with fresh chopped salad tomatoes (cold) dressed in garlic, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil)

MOZZARELLA FRITTA (V)

(Golden-fried breaded mozzarella fingers served with a side dip of sweet blended tomato and chilli sauce and small mixed salad garnish)

GAMBERETTI IN SALSA ROSA

(Baby freshwater prawn cocktail served over mixed leaf lettuce served with a side portion of our daily-made Italian bread)

SALMONE AFFUMICATO

(Quality Scottish Loch Fyne smoked salmon slices simply dressed with capers and extra virgin olive oil and served with a side portion of our daily-made Italian bread)

PROSCIUTTO & MELONE

(D.O.C. quality Parma Ham served over freshly-sliced honeydew melon with red berry coulis)  

PATÉ DELLA CASA

(Smooth freshly-made chicken liver pate (cooked through) served cold with oatcakes, hard melba toast shards, red berry coulis and small mixed salad garnish)

 

Main Course selection from:

RISOTTO VEGETERIANO (V)

(Traditional Italian Arborio rice dish with sautéed seasonal vegetables, saffron and a touch of fresh cream)

CANNELLONI (V)

(Oven-baked fresh egg pasta cylinders densely packed with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh spinach leaf and served in an abundance of béchamel and Napoli sauce)

SEABASS PROVENCALE

(Filleted North-Atlantic seabass poached in an abundance of blended tomato, oregano and fresh cream sauce and served with sticky Arborio rice)

POLLO ALLA CREMA

(Pan-seared strips of fresh chicken breast served with sliced mushrooms sautéed in a Frascati© white wine, fresh cream and touch of garlic sauce. Served with penne pasta in the same sauce)

LASAGNE AL FORNO

(Oven-baked Scotch beef mince and béchamel lasagne made to a traditional recipe topped with generous ladles of Bolognese and Napoli sauce)

PIZZA OF YOUR CHOICE

(Stone-baked thin base 10” Roman-style pizza made with our own freshly prepared dough. Choose up to any 3 fresh toppings)

TACCHINO NATALIZIO

(Traditional roast turkey and trimmings served with our own pork, breadcrumbs and sage stuffing and cranberry jam. Served with mixed seasonal vegetables and potatoes)

FILETTO AL PEPE VERDE (£5 SUPPLEMENT)

(Prime grilled 8oz Scottish fillet steak finished in and served in our house speciality sauce of Vecchia Romagna© brandy, fresh cream and green peppercorns. Also available plain grilled if requested at time of order. Served with mixed seasonal vegetables and potatoes. Please note our cooking definitions in advance: - rare = red and bloody interior; medium = pink and succulent juicy interior; well-done = grey-brown & dry/chewy/tough interior (inevitable as you will have requested us to cook the meat’s natural juices out however we shall tenderise/flatten the fillet before cooking it well done to try and reduce the cooking time and attempt to keep it as tender as possible) and charred on the outside)

 

Dessert selection from:

LEMON AND BISCUIT CHEESECAKE slice topped with sponge cubes, whipped cream and served with red-berry coulis

PROFITEROLES served with whipped cream & chocolate sauce

TORTA NOCCIOLA – sliced hazelnut & vanilla layered sponge served with crushed biscotti & chocolate sauce

CHRISTMAS FRUIT AND NUT CAKE slice served with brandy sauce and golden syrup

AFFOGATO – classic Italian treat: espresso coffee shot served over a large scoop of Italian vanilla ice-cream

 


CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION MENÚ

Available on Fridays & Saturdays in December 2017

 

£29.95 per person for all 3 courses

 

Starter selection from:

ZUPPA DEL GIORNO

(Today's freshly-made soup of the day served with our daily-made Italian bread)

MINESTRONE ALL'ITALIANA (V)

(Freshly-made seasonal mixed vegetable soup served with our daily-made Italian bread)

MOZZARELLA FRITTA (V)

(Golden-fried breaded mozzarella fingers served with a side dip of sweet blended tomato and chilli sauce and small mixed salad garnish)

GAMBERETTI IN SALSA ROSA

(Baby freshwater prawn cocktail served over mixed leaf lettuce served with a side portion of our daily-made Italian bread)

SALMONE AFFUMICATO

(Quality Scottish Loch Fyne smoked salmon slices simply dressed with capers and extra virgin olive oil and served with a side portion of our daily-made Italian bread)

PROSCIUTTO & MELONE

(D.O.C. quality Parma Ham served over freshly-sliced honeydew melon with red berry coulis)  

CROSTINI MISTI

(Oven-baked trio of freshly-made Italian garlic bread topped with 1. sweet peppers 2. sliced sautéed mushrooms and 3. D.O.C. quality Parma Ham)

PATÉ DELLA CASA

(Smooth freshly-made chicken liver pate (cooked through) served cold with oatcakes, hard melba toast shards, red berry coulis and small mixed salad garnish)

 

Main Course selection from:

RISOTTO VEGETERIANO (V)

(Traditional Italian Arborio rice dish with sautéed seasonal vegetables, saffron and a touch of fresh cream)

CANNELLONI (V)

(Oven-baked fresh egg pasta cylinders densely packed with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh spinach leaf and served in an abundance of béchamel and Napoli sauce)

SALMONE DELLO CHEF

(Quality fillet of Scottish salmon pan-sautéed in white wine, lemon juice, peeled & de-veined tiger prawns, baby freshwater prawns and sweet mixed peppers. Served with seasonal mixed vegetables and potatoes)

POLLO MOLISANO 

(Pan-seared strips of fresh chicken breast finished and served in a sauce of blended tomato, mixed sweet peppers, mixed Italian herbs and fresh cream. Served with seasonal mixed vegetables and potatoes)

LASAGNE AL FORNO

(Oven-baked Scotch beef mince and béchamel lasagne made to a traditional recipe topped with generous ladles of Bolognese and Napoli sauce)

PIZZA OF YOUR CHOICE

(Stone-baked thin base 10” Roman-style pizza made with our own freshly prepared dough. Choose up to any 3 fresh toppings)

TACCHINO NATALIZIO

(Traditional roast turkey and trimmings served with our own pork, breadcrumbs and sage stuffing and cranberry jam. Served with mixed seasonal vegetables and potatoes)

FILETTO AL PEPE VERDE (£5 SUPPLEMENT)

(Prime grilled 8oz Scottish fillet steak finished in and served in our house speciality sauce of Vecchia Romagna© brandy, fresh cream and green peppercorns. Also available plain grilled if requested at time of order. Served with mixed seasonal vegetables and potatoes. Please note our cooking definitions in advance: - rare = red and bloody interior; medium = pink and succulent juicy interior; well-done = grey-brown & dry/chewy/tough interior (inevitable as you will have requested us to cook the meat’s natural juices out however we shall tenderise/flatten the fillet before cooking it well done to try and reduce the cooking time and attempt to keep it as tender as possible) and charred on the outside)

 

Dessert selection from:

LEMON AND BISCUIT CHEESECAKE slice topped with sponge cubes, whipped cream and served with red-berry coulis

PROFITEROLES served with whipped cream & chocolate sauce

TORTA NOCCIOLA – sliced hazelnut & vanilla layered sponge served with crushed biscotti & chocolate sauce

CHRISTMAS FRUIT AND NUT CAKE slice served with brandy sauce and golden syrup

AFFOGATO – classic Italian treat: espresso coffee shot served over a large scoop of Italian vanilla ice-cream