Nino's Italian Restaurant

Nino's Italian Restaurant


0.5 miles
35 Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JG
Located almost on the doorstep of one of the South West's most popular tourist attractions, the prehistoric Kents Cavern, is this delightful neighbourhood Italian eatery, which has a pretty impressive history too. Nino founded his first restaurant in the Midlands in 1967 bringing a taste of the old country to an appreciative audience. The authentic trattoria that he opened in Wellswood, Torquay in 1999 is now run by his daughters Katia and Alessandra Brandimarte. Decorated in red, green and white and festooned with photographs and memorabilia it is easy to imagine that you have been transported back to the Adriatic Riviera as you nibble on complimentary olives and roasted tomatoes while tapping your toes to the accompanying music. The menu offers a varied choice of traditional dishes, which are still prepared according to Grandma's recipes - specialist ingredients are imported from Italy and combined with local produce to offer the best of seasonal food.

The antipasto that my guest and I shared was a phenomenal selection of delicacies; spicy salami, Parma ham and other tender meats served with bruschetta, artichoke hearts, salad and garlic bread. Eaten with a bottle of pinot grigio this could easily be a meal in itself but the chef, who has been part of the family for over a decade, was keen to show off his talents and we were then treated to taster bowls of spaghetti with deliciously garlicky Genovese and rich puttanesca sauces. Our shared main course of fritto misto, an abundance of lightly-battered squid, mussels and huge freshwater prawns, was further proof that this family really can deliver great food. Finishing with tiramisu, coffee and a glass of homemade limoncello liqueur we left behind the warmth and welcome of Nino's and emerged back out to a slightly chilly English Riviera.

With prices starting at £8 for a three-course lunch and numerous daily specials this is a feel good restaurant that will appeal to anyone looking for a taste of la dolce vita.
+2Nino's Italian Restaurant
Open: Mon noon- 2pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Weds-Sun noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm

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