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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post

    All washed down with a pint of Lisa
    Delicious by the way

    https://beertoday.co.uk/italian-lager-lisa-0219/

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    Yeah, remarkably for an Italian, I've not heard of that one. Looks good! Even if the Minestrone didn't....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yeah, remarkably for an Italian, I've not heard of that one. Looks good! Even if the Minestrone didn't....
    It was actually quite good (if you accepted that it was chunky veg soup not minestrone) but the star of the show was definitely the beer, very much a cut above Peroni.

    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll look out for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    It was actually quite good (if you accepted that it was chunky veg soup not minestrone) but the star of the show was definitely the beer, very much a cut above Peroni.

    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll look out for them.
    Well, one of my major pet hates in restaurants is food being described on menus that doesn't reflect what's actually served, so if I'd ordered Minestrone, and been given *THAT*, then the waiter would've been wearing it!

    That's the problem with these chain restaurants, Roy. If you want authentic Italian food, go somewhere good that's privately owned, and preferably family-run. Anyway, no worries. The Peroni (piss water) that's served in this country is not the same (Nastro Azzuro) that's served in Italy.

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    Bella Italia was convenient as we'd been to the TUI shop to sort out some bits with an upcoming holiday, the food's ok & we get 2 for 1 on mains & starters with a 'Taste' card.

    Our favoured Italian (Mare Blu in Brentwood) closed down & is now yet another curry house.

    We'll use this one again in the future, the owner, Bertie, is quite a character. His missus looks after the wine & his daughter is one of the servers. He will go to great lengths to explain all his dishes.

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    Ah, now that's much more like it, and what constitutes as an Italian restaurant, rather than a 'plastic' version of such

    Each to his or her own mate, and I understand why you went to Bella Italia, but '2 for 1' deals, etc, simply don't interest me at all, unless the quality of the food served is of a high standard, which that "minestrone" certainly wasn't... Our golden rule for eating out, is that if the food served isn't as good as or better than we can make at home, then we stay at home!

    What real minestrone soup should look like:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post


    That looks delicious, doubt you'd need a main after that if paired with some nice crusty bread.

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    Not anything I've eaten (stock photo from the net, so can't take any credit), but when we make minestrone ourselves, it looks very similar to that. As you say, proper minestrone soup is a meal in itself (and traditionally an Italian peasant dish), as it has pasta in it, and would be enjoyed along with some crusty bread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yeah defo, got to be De Cecco (the one and only): https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-G...ucts/250646832

    You can taste the difference, Roy, and it always cooks beautifully

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    I use the same. Also Cirio tomatoes, and for risotto rice, well, it has to be Gallo Carnaroli. There’s something very relaxing about making a proper risotto. Process and patience, with proper ingredients, over raw skill.
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    Waga down one prawn whilst waiting for my new 992 to get undressed.


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