Russell Street, Stroud, GL5 3AJ

Looking for an authentic Italian dining experience but can’t afford the expensive plane tickets to Italy? Then don’t stress. Conveniently located opposite Stroud Train Station, Sorrento Restaurant, Pizzeria & Wine Bar brings the enticing tastes of the country to the Cotswolds region with its mouth-watering Mediterranean menu full with all your favourite, flavoursome dishes. Using the finest and freshest ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible, the talented team at Sorrento are not only passionate about consistently serving delicious Italian cuisine to locals and visitors alike, but also like to do their part to help support local businesses as well.

Winners of Stroud Life’s Restaurant of the Year award and with over 10 years in business, there’s a reason the restaurant is still going strong today and is as beloved as it is in the local region. An idyllic setting for an indulgent and bountiful Italian feast with family and friends, last year the restaurant was reinvented, undergoing a complete transformation to become more inviting than ever before. Stylish and contemporary, the new design pays homage to some of Italy’s greatest works of art, architecture and history with its Roman mural paintings and marble-effect walls. Dark leather benches, wooden tables, and a glass wine caddy add to the restaurant’s luxurious and sophisticated feel, creating a cosy and characterful setting in which to treat yourself with the likes of pizza, pasta, and steak, as well as a tempting selection of chicken and fish dishes.

If you’re after a true Italian experience, we recommend you begin any authentic Italian feast with the likes of marinated olives, deep-fried mozzarella, classic cured Parma ham served with melon, or the Italian staple of melanzane alla Parmigana. After you’ve really built up an appetite, move onto mighty Mediterranean mains like the seafood risotto in a Sicilian-style tomato sauce, pan fried veal served with spaghetti Napolitano,  or opt instead for the chef’s special , Pizza Quattro Stagioni, a heavenly pizza comprised of tomato, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, pepperoni sausage, ham, corn and cheese.

If steak is more to your taste, Sorrento’s extensive selection won’t let you down, featuring fan favourites such as the filetto rossini, comprising fillet steak on a crouton base, topped with pâté and Madeira sauce, resulting in an incredibly rich plate packed with serious flavour. Make sure to leave room for dessert too, as you won’t want to miss the chance to dig into the likes of profiteroles filled with Chantilly cream and covered in chocolate, chocolate soufflé with a liquid centre, or the tartufo al caffe, which features coffee ice cream coated in finely crushed meringue and served with flaming sambuca. Just reading the dessert descriptions on the menu alone, of which there are 16 tempting treats to pick between, is enough to easily add 200 calories.

With its warm and welcoming setting and Mediterranean menu that can’t help but make you merry, Sorrento Restaurant, Pizzeria & Wine Bar is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season in style. Offering a great-value three-course festive feast for just £28.50 per person this year, Christmas will have come early when you treat yourself to starters like smoked salmon roulade filled with lemon zest cream cheese, dill and prawns, mains like spinach ricotta tortellini in a creamy white wine sauce, and desserts like the pantettone butter pudding served with ice cream or their signature Cocktail Sorrento, mint ice cream served in a light cream-di-menth.

For more information on Sorrento in Stroud, visit their website or look out for our review in our recently released Cotswolds Food & Drink Guide 2019. Pick up a FREE copy of the guide here or read a digital version of the guide here.

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