Gigi’s Cucina: Home cooking from an Italian restaurant in Sheffield has the wow factor
The family restaurant, on Oakbrook Road, aims to serve quality, affordable food for all to enjoy – and that goal is certainly achieved.
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I booked a table for me and my partner, Tom, on a Sunday evening, and we were impressed as soon as we walked through the door.
The setting is sleek and charming, with dim lighting and exposed brick walls and wooden furniture giving it a modern feel.
The à la carte menu offers a wide range of dishes to suit all tastes and budgets, as well as a changing specialty menu.
I decided to go for one of the specialities, spinach and mozzarella arancini with arrabbiata sauce (£7.95), while Tom chose the salsicca which is a local Sicilian recipe sausage made by a butcher, creamy friarielli, buffalo, mozzarella and crispy polenta (£9.95)
Arancini is one of my favorite dishes, and it was the best I’ve ever had. It came served as a big ball, and it really was a big ball that tasted amazing.
The filling was rich and plentiful and the creamy cheese perfectly matched the zesty tomato flavors of the fresh tomato sauce. The portions were generous, but I enjoyed it so much I could have happily had more.
Tom also enjoyed his dish and was also impressed with the plentiful plate of gorgeous and more indulgent flavors.
The starters certainly made us look forward to the main course.
I chose the alle verdure, baked pasta paccheri with courgette, red pepper, shallots, spinach, mushrooms, ricotta and cream (£11.95), while Tom had the pollo ripieno, corn-fed chicken supreme stuffed with taleggio and speck, creamed potatoes and wild mushroom sauce (£15.95).
When the meals arrived and Tom took his first bite, he immediately said “wow” – a simple yet powerful word that expressed how delicious the food was.
He was particularly impressed with the homemade mushroom sauce which he said was delicious. It was clear to both of us that the food had been lovingly created with the finest and freshest ingredients.
My pasta dish was also magnificent; layers of sweet peppers, zesty shallots, tender spinach, nutty mushrooms and wonderfully cheesy ricotta and cream.
The pasta was cooked the classic Italian way, al dente. I admit I’m used to having softer pasta – but that’s just because, like most, I’m more used to the British way of cooking pasta rather than the traditional Italian way – and I still really enjoyed the dish.
We were too full to order desserts, but looking at the mouth-watering puddings that were being served to other diners, Tom and I agreed that we had to return to the restaurant soon to try one for ourselves. We are sure they will also be of the highest quality.
We also had a rossini cocktail each (£6.95) to go with the meal and our total bill came to £59.70.