First of all, it is much bigger than it looks from the outside. You come in from the side entrance and you have the feel you are set back into an American movie from the 60s about an Italian love story. Checkered tablecloths, wicker chairs and candles in bottles. The walls are covered with black and white photographs from movie scenes like La Dolce Vita and The Godfather. Mirrors have written little quotes like "In Italy we have a word for Sushi - BAIT". I loved the whole ambiance as it was warm and welcoming - much needed after the rain outside.
It becomes very clear that the restaurant is family friendly as although it was late afternoon, a large family was having a relaxed dinner and the kids were happy playing with dried pasta that was displayed in nice glass bowls.
The menu wasn't too confusing and not too long either although vegetarians were not that well catered for (wonder if they have a saying for that as well). We both opted for Bruschetta La Nostra. A generous slice of country loaf (thank you for not using baguette) topped with garlic, tomatoes and basil and drizzled with olive oil - a delight. We forgot already the rain outside.
|Pasta with spicy tomato sauce|
We skipped dessert as we were strapped for time as Mr T was waiting for me.
Will I be back???? Yes, Mallow is worth a visit just for La Scala