George & Dragon

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 23:08 -- Administrator

George & Dragon

Italian

0.5 miles
19 High Street Graveley Hertfordshire SG4 7LE
It is rare to find an authentic Italian restaurant within a popular village pub, but new restaurant Cilento's at the George & Dragon is just such a place.

Overseen by Italian head chef and co-owner Gennaro Passaro, Cilento's offers a full Italian à la carte menu and daily seasonal specials, as well as a different themed cuisine nearly every day of the week. The kitchen brigade includes a Czech and a Slovak chef, and on Wednesdays they even serve European and Czech cuisine such as goulash and dumplings.

The bright, informal restaurant leads out onto a popular outdoor deck where one can dine if the weather is fine. Personable co-owner, Nick, who acts as front of house, was on hand throughout the evening to suggest dishes that we might enjoy.

For starters we chose battered calamari, a tricolore salad, and grilled gamberoni - a light and fresh starter. For the main course we were tempted by the steak dishes, pasta and specials, which included a smoked salmon and langoustine salad, but settled on a fish dish and the Cilento's pizza. My bream fillet was served on a bed of grilled asparagus and pancetta with a buttery leek mash and was delicious, and the hand-baked house pizza came loaded with grilled aubergine, spicy Cilento's sausage and herbs; by way of accompaniment, we chose a spicy Italian red wine, a Villa dei Fiori from Puglia.

For dessert we tried one of the chef's delicious home-baked apple strudels and a vanilla pannacotta, and rounded things off with a couple of limoncellos. For good Italian food and wine at reasonable prices, friendly service and delicious cuisine, Cilento's is definitely worth a visit. Don't forget to enquire about the regular wine-tasting and tapas evenings - perfect for those who want an evening out with a twist
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Tues:12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Weds:12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Thurs:12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Fri:12pm-3pm, 6pm-9pm
Sat:12pm-9pm
Sun:12pm-5pm

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