Yesterday I went to Kingston with my mum and as is tradition, we went out for lunch :) Howeeeever, this time we didn’t go to Prezzo – shock horror! Since I have a Tastecard, we always tend to go there since it always serves great food and we get two for one. But this time I fancied trying somewhere new as there are so many other places in the area that allow us to use Tastecard. I wasn’t too sure what to expect at Little Italy as the reviews online were all very mixed! I booked ahead and the restaurant wasn’t very busy when we went which was near 2pm. We were greeted by a very friendly waiter who showed us to a table. We had spent a while wandering around for a couple of hours, so had built up quite an appetite! We got two starters to share: Antipasto di Verdure (platter made up of roasted peppers, aubergine, courgettes, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, mushrooms, and olives, served with garlic bread) for £6.95, and Bianchetti (deep fried whitebait served with homemade dill tartare sauce) for £5.45.
Our starters didn’t take very long to arrive, only about 10 minutes. The platter came with three slices of garlic bread which was great, and very filling! It was well presented and had a good selection of vegetables, although I wish there was more than just one slice of aubergine! Overall, it was all seasoned well and tasted pretty good :) The whitebait was lovely too and the tartare sauce was a nice accompaniment.
Our plates took a bit longer than I would have liked to be cleared, but we didn’t have to wait that much longer before our main courses arrived. As we both couldn’t decide, we ordered Spaghetti Al Gamberoni (with smoked salmon, prawns, musssels, courgette, olive oil, white wine, cream, lemon juice), and Risotto Al Frutti Di Mare (with prawns, mussels, calamari, courgette, and spinach, in a creamy white wine sauce), both for £12.95. They both came with three slices of garlic bread, so we were well and truly breaded out! We both agreed that the Spaghetti Al Gamberoni was the tastier of the two dishes as it just had a richer flavour, and generally had more filling to it too. Not to say that the risotto wasn’t nice! It just had a slightly more subtle taste, but it was still very creamy, and not at all watery which is what a lot of risottos can turn out to be! There weren’t very many prawns, mussels, or calamari though, and the courgette and spinach was also on the sparse side. At least the calamari wasn’t chewy!
We were so full at the end of it! I normally always have room for dessert, and at only £4.25 it would have been a steal. On this occasion however, I was so stuffed full of bread that I could not eat a single thing more! The whole bill came to just over £21 (with 50% off due to the Tastecard), and included a 10% service charge which was a bit annoying as I don’t like restaurants to assume that they’ve given a service that I will want to pay for. I much prefer to judge for myself and tip an amount that I want to give. The service was friendly and fairly quick though, and the food was pretty tasty, so I’ll forgive them this time.