1 York Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AH
Clifton’s multi-award-winning, all-day neighbourhood Italian restaurant, Rosemarino has built a solid fan-base and superb reputation since opening more than seven years ago, and for good reason. The quality of the food served is paramount, using a winning combination of the best South West produce with Italian imports. We chose from the à la carte menu, which comprises a concise selection of Italian favourites with regional specials. The menu encourages sharing, with dishes available as small or large plates. It matches the restaurant’s breezy vibe, where local art adorns the light blue walls and large windows ﬂood the place with natural light. Our waiter insisted we try the delicious focaccia, which is made daily in the kitchen, and comes with olive oil and rich balsamic. From the selection of cicchetti, I eyed up the heritage tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella, enhanced by peppery basil and a sprinkle of salt. It was colourful to look at and proved a successful starter. We took a table by the window beneath a photo of Papa curing meat in Italy, so my partner sampled Papa’s home-cured speck, its richness balanced with balsamic baby onions and tangy Parmesan. The wine list skips around regions of Italy, showcasing the diversity of choice. My beautifully presented main dish of vegetarian lasagne consisted of wild garlic, spinach, broad beans, tomatoes and chard sandwiched between light sheets of pasta, topped with chargrilled baby gem lettuce. Up next, my partner’s tender, slow-braised beef brisket arrived atop a bed of polenta and was offset by crispy shallots and sweet pickled radish. Both meals were full of ﬂavour and managed to avoid being heavy, which was just as well, as we were looking forward to dessert. To ﬁnish, he polished off a light tiramisu, while my refreshing ﬁnale was a creamy cucumber panna cotta, which was shaken up with Pimm’s-soaked strawberries and raspberries, and partnered with slivers of mint along with shards of sweet honeycomb. It was like summer on a plate. Ending in true Italian style, we sipped limoncello and espresso before heading out, already planning to visit again for brunch. This lovely, laid-back joint is perfect for relaxed breakfasts, leisurely lunches, and wine-soaked dinners.