‘Hidden’ Italian Restaurant Serving ‘The Cheesiest Pasta Ever’ – Emily Sleight

It’s not often you come across an Italian restaurant serving authentic dishes in such a small building.

Ristorante Italia in Bebington is tucked away next to the Port Sunlight convenience store, and if you blink, you’ll miss it. It opened in the 90s and has been a popular destination for locals and visitors ever since.

I’ve been recommended to visit this Italian for many months now, so I thought I’d take a trip to see what the fuss was about. As soon as I walked in it was easy to see how popular this place was.

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The tables were absolutely packed and the atmosphere was buzzing. Classical Italian music filled the restaurant and the chatter of couples and families gave the restaurant a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Although the restaurant itself is a bit tired inside, it really adds to the quirkiness of the place. The tables and chairs were quite close together, but there is enough space to focus on yourself and enjoy your meal.

My first thoughts? The place was absolutely tiny, I actually wondered where the hell they cook the food here because I couldn’t for life see a kitchen. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of food quality, but was absolutely blown away when I finally got back.

Half and half pasta was a nice touch

The menu consisted of a fairly wide range of different pizza and pasta dishes, as well as other main courses, starters, desserts and drinks. My table of four ordered the ‘Tortellini San Remo’, the steak with sautéed potatoes and mixed vegetables, the lasagne and a half and half pasta dish ‘Tortellini San Remo’ and the ‘Tagliatelle Al Salmone’.

Yes, you read that right, Ristorante Italia serves half and half pasta dishes if you ask nicely, and although it’s not on the menu, I highly recommend it. This means you can enjoy two different pasta dishes if you can’t choose one, which is a total bonus in my eyes.

We didn’t have to wait too long for the food, and it arrived at our table piping hot and fresh. I couldn’t believe how much cheese there was on the lasagne and the pasta dishes, it looked like the most cheesy pasta I have ever seen.

The lasagna was absolutely gorgeous
The lasagna was absolutely gorgeous

The food was practically bubbling, there was so much cheese. Once I scooped up the pasta with my fork, it caused the most satisfying cheesy pull I’ve ever seen in my life.

Each bite gave me a whole bunch of different flavors. The smoked salmon with the tagliatelle was fresh, tender and not too salty, with just the right amount of creamy sauce.

The star of the show in my eyes however was the ‘Tortellini San Remo’, it was basically like a fancy ravioli, filled with tender fresh pork and absolutely covered in cheese. This pasta wasn’t just pasta you throw in a pot with boiling water, this pasta was special.

You could tell that every dish was made with love. There are definitely no frills with this place, what you see is what you get, but they put their heart into it.

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