Ristorante Barolo, Bournemouth

Last night, Jack and I went to visit an Italian restaurant (thanks to my Nan!) to celebrate the fact that I got a placement for next year. I have previously been to Ristorante Barolo for lunch with my grandparents and loved it, so I knew we had to go back for an evening meal and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated inside with a lovely natural theme but, unfortunately, the photos don’t do it justice due to the darker lighting. The atmosphere reflects the high quality of the food whilst still upholding the family feel that can be found in most traditional Italian restaurants. Of course, there are lots of nice restaurants in Bournemouth, but the location of this restaurant in Winton makes it unique. It is easily accessible and in walking distance for those who live locally to the area, meaning that you can avoid the designated driver situation and drink as much of the Italian wine as you can.

For starters, I had the bruschetta and Jack had calamari. Both of these dishes were delicious. The calamari was tender and not at all rubbery, while the balsamic glaze used on the bruschetta is something which I always love. Traditional Italian food is one of my favourites, and you can’t get much more Italian than bruschetta!

For our main courses, I had the Tagliatelle Salmone and Jack had the Penne Sugo Di Carne, which is penne pasta with beef, onions and mushrooms in a tomato sauce. The pasta tasted very fresh and cooked perfectly with lots of flavourful sauce. My portion had a generous amount of salmon in it and tasted delicious.

All of the food here is delicious with high quality, fresh ingredients which really makes the Italian restaurant worth visiting. The prices are reasonable and definitely affordable for students, or anybody, looking to have a nice meal in Winton. The portion sizes are so big that we couldn’t even finish our main meals, so make sure that you’re hungry when you visit! There is something for everyone, with the menu having everything from fish to veal to the classic pizza and pasta, so you don’t have to worry about any fussy eaters! However, you definitely need to book ahead as, despite the high capacity, the restaurant is always very busy and usually fully booked over the weekend.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Bethan x

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