Pane con Olio e Aceto Balsamico £4.50
Slices of warmed ciabatta, homemade foccacia and breadsticks served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping

Pane al ’Aglio (con Mozzarella) £4.00
Slices of ciabatta pan-fried in olive oil, butter, garlic and flat leaf parsley. Also available topped with melted mozzarella cheese (additional charge of £1.50)

Olive Verde £3.95
Pitted queen green olives

Olive Misto con Pepperoncino £3.95
Green and black olives marinated in olive oil and dried chilli flakes



Gamberoni Piccante £14.50
King prawns shelled, butterflied and pan-fried with garlic and chilli in a touch of butter. Finished with a splash of white wine, a touch of tomato sauce and flat leaf parsley

Carpaccio Di Manzo £12.50
Wafer thin slices of the finest fillet beef, drizzled with wholegrain mustard dressing, topped with shaving of Parmegiano Regiano and rocket leaves. Served with a wedge of lemon

Asparagi con Prosciutto £8.90
Asparagus spears topped with Parma ham, baked in the oven and finished with crumbled Goat’s cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Fungho con Provolone £7.20
Portobello mushroom filled with friarielli (turnip tops), topped with Provolone (Italian soft cheese), baked in the oven and finished with rocket leaves and Chef’s own Mediterranean pesto

Calamari Fritti £8.90
Calamari rings and tentacles dusted in flour, deep-fried and served with salad leaves, a black olive and anchovy mayonnaise and a wedge of lemon

Antipasto £8.90
Slices of Parma ham, Coppa, Napoli and Milano salami with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella. Garnished with salad leaves and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil

Sardines £7.50
Whole sardines pan-roasted with fresh herbs and garlic. Garnished with salad leaves and a wedge of lemon

Burrata con Fichi £7.90
Italian soft cheese from Puglia drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and oregano. Accompanied with honey-glazed fresh figs and garnished with rocket leaves



Penne Airola Starter £7.20 Main £14.95
Pasta tubes tossed with strips of chicken pan-fried with onions, chilli, garlic and rocket leaves, finished with Parmesan cheese and a touch of butter

Linguini con Granchio Starter £7.90 Main £15.90

Fine strands of pasta with fresh white crab meat pan-fried with garlic and chilli in a splash of white wine and a touch of butter

Spaghetti Marinara Starter £8.20 Main £16.50
Spaghetti tossed with pan-fried baby clams, prawns, mussels in the shell, squid, garlic and onions in a rich tomato sauce

Pappardelle al Giardino Starter £7.20 Main £14.95
Thick strands of pasta tossed with pan-roasted sun dried tomatoes, red onions, peas, pine kernels and courgettes. Finished with butter and Parmesan cheese

Cannelloni Starter £6.95 Main £13.90
Large pasta tubes filled with spinach, ricotta and Parmesan cheese, topped with Bechamel and tomato sauce, dusted with Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven


Gluten Free Pastas

We now offer all the above dishes (with the exception of the Cannelloni) with wheat and gluten free spaghetti or penne pasta.
Please ensure you let us know which type of pasta you would prefer and specify “gluten free”.
Prices as shown above.


Filetto de Vesuvio £28.50
Fillet steak marinated in olive oil, chilli and garlic, char-grilled and served with Portobello mushroom, roasted cherry tomatoes, fried courgettes and sautéed potatoes *Fillet can be served plain char-grilled with our own peppercorn sauce (extra £2.50)

Fegato con Pancetta £18.50
Slices of Calves’ liver pan-fried with sautéed onions and pancetta, served with sage and crème fraiche infused mashed potato

Vitello con Piselli £19.50
Veal escallop pan-fried with shallots and peas and finished with a light white wine sauce. Accompanied with sautéed potatoes and buttered spinach

Bocconcini £26.50
Strips of fillet of beef pan-fried with red onions, roasted sweet peppers, garlic and chilli. Finished with a red wine and Demi-glace sauce and served with sautéed potatoes and broccoli florets

Sogliola £28.50
Dover sole (on or off the bone), pan-roasted and accompanied with a lemon juice, caper, butter and white wine sauce. Served with buttered spinach and new potatoes

Pasticcino di Verdure £16.50
Filo pastry parcel filled with peas, green beans, spinach and onions mixed with a touch of mascarpone cream cheese, finished with cubed feta cheese, a touch of lemon zest and roasted pine nuts baked in the oven, served with cubetti potatoes and drizzled with balsamic reduction

Pollo Caprese £17.20
Corn fed chicken supreme pan-roasted with fresh thyme, rosemary and whole cloves of garlic. Topped with mozzarella cheese, lightly grilled and served on a bed of sliced vine tomatoes. Finished with a drizzle of basil infused olive oil and accompanied with cubetti potatoes and fine green beans

Cernia £21.50
Fillets of Stone Bass pan-fried, served with a black olive sauce (flat leaf parsley, basil, celery, black olives, marjoram, lemon juice, chilli, garlic and balsamic vinegar). Accompanied with cubetti potatoes and fine green beans



The following side dishes may be ordered to compliment your choice of meal: All at £3.95
Mixed Salad

Sautéed Mushrooms
Green Salad

Tomato, Red Onion & Rocket Salad
Rocket & Parmesan Salad

Fried Courgettes
Spinach (Buttered/Creamed/Chilli & Garlic)

Sautéed Potatoes
Chips Extra Vegetables
Home Made Sweet Potato Chips



With the exception of ice cream and cheese, all our desserts are made on the premises by the Chefs
Tiramisu al Limone £6.50
Sponge fingers soaked in lemon syrup, topped with a layer of zabaglione, zest of lemon, fresh cream and mascarpone cream cheese and finished with a dusting of cocoa powder

Nemesis £6.50
The ultimate chocolate cake experience! We dare you not to love it …. (Gluten free)

Pazzo d’Albicocco £6.95
Cooked apricots in a light sugar, vanilla essence and amaretto syrup, topped with whipped mascarpone cream cheese and fresh cream. Finished with crushed amaretto biscuit

Cheesecake £6.95
A sumptuous cheesecake comprising a biscuit base topped with white chocolate and mixed summer berries

Affocato £6.20
Vanilla ice cream served in a glass and finished with a shot of espresso coffee

Vin Santo con Cantuccini £6.50
A glass of cold Vin Santo served with cantuccini biscuits to dunk and savour

Gelato 2 scoops £4.00 3 scoops £6.00
A selection of Italian ice cream – choose from vanilla, chocolate, coconut, cappuccino, pistachio, strawberry, rum & raisin, passion fruit sorbet, mango sorbet and lemon sorbet

Italiana Cheeseboard One Person £8.50 Two to Share £12.50
A selection of imported Italian cheese (Gorgonzola, Scamorza affumicato [smoked], Asiago, and Pecorino Picante) served with homemade sweet red onion chutney, savoury biscuits, celery and grapes


Opening Times

Mon to Sat Lunch from 12.00
(last orders taken at 2.30pm)
Mon to Sat Evening from 6.30pm
(last orders taken at 9.30pm)
Sunday: Closed until further notice

Get In Touch

Old Barn Court
High Street
Essex, CM12 9BY
Telephone: 01277 630120