Round 2: Don Marco

Round two at Don Marco (have a look at the restaurant here). You may remember a while ago we had plans to go to the acclaimed Don Marco, but after arriving and no recollection of our table, we decided it wasn’t worth the wait. But, we decided to give it another go.

The ambience of the restaurant is wonderful, most of the seating is in an almost greenhouse style area, with heaters and greenery, and the other area is inside. We sat near the exit on a cosy table for two, a lovely Italian man seated us and gave us the menus. The service was excellent, the server gave advice on the menu, was quick to serve and very polite.

For me, Italian is all about the starters, I love all the bread, cheese and deli meat and feel this is usually the best part of the meal. For me, this was true in Don Marco’s case. Starting with the Bruschetta al Pomodoro. A typical Italian dish, with vine ripe tomatoes, red onion and garlic.

Bruschetta al Pomodoro
Bruschetta al Pomodoro – £4.50
We shared this with an antipasti starter, Prosciutto e Burrata; which was slices of parma ham on creamy burrata and sun-blushed tomatoes. I have never eaten burrata cheese before but I definitely will again, so creamy and light it was a delicious accompaniment. Although I did enjoy each starter alone, I preferred them mixed together. As the Italians say ‘delizioso’.

Proscuitto e Burrata
Proscuitto e Burrata – £7.95
The mains for me were a little disappointing, I do blame myself for this. I ummed and ahhed over a chicken and asparagus risotto or the king prawn tagliatelle, and I went safe with the prawns. Although the dish was lovely, it was a pretty simple dish that I could have cooked at home.

Tagliatelle con Gamberoni
Tagliatelle con Gamberoni – £10.95
Rory however went off the special board and ordered a beef rib with saffron risotto. From the speed he ate it, I think he enjoyed it. Afterwards telling me the beef was a nice cut, which was well cooked, and went beautifully with the risotto. I managed to sneak a quick forkful and will say the risotto was intensely creamy, perfectly cooked and delicious. This is when I realised my error…

Beef ribs with saffron risotto
Beef ribs with saffron risotto – £16.50
After the mains, I didn’t feel fully satisfied so we decided to order desserts, Rory has the eager face of a child as he immediately agrees and with one glance of the menu had chosen the double chocolate cake (tort). Me, on the other hand, pondered over the menu until focussing in on profiteroles filled with Chantilly cream, little drops of heaven (if heaven were choux pastry filled with cream dipped in chocolate – I like to think it would be!).

Profiteroles with chantilly cream
Profiteroles with chantilly cream – £4.95
Profiteroles were lovely, very traditional choux pastry and heaps of chocolate on top. The double chocolate cake (tort) however for me was too rich but Rory really enjoyed it (it’s chocolate, he always does).

Torta al Cioccolato
Torta al Cioccolato – £4.95
Overall a great range of choices, at a reasonable price. Great service the second time around, and I would go again. But next time, I will be ordering risotto and many, many starters.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post. If you have had an experience of Don Marco, or have a restaurant I should try out, let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

NB. The lighting was very orange in Don Marco due to the heaters, my photography skills could not compete entirely with this light

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