Restaurant review: QuattroBy Victoria Smith
November 23, 2011
As I am still in mourning over the end of my incredible summer holiday to Italy, I find myself rather picky about the Italian food I feast on now that I am back at home.
We are such a nation of pizza and pasta lovers that we can be spoilt for choice with Italian options.
But not all can recreate the stunning meals dished up in the big cities and rural retreats of that beautiful country.
With my fabulous holiday and all the culinary delights I enjoyed while there still fresh in my mind, I went to Quattro feeling hopeful this could revive me from my post-holiday slump.
I was thrilled to find there is a taste of Italy right on our doorstep in Caversham.
This restaurant is very popular with the locals and it’s easy to see why people keep coming back for more.
Simple yet effective decor creates a warm and modern ambience in the dining area.
On our visit the restaurant was busy enough to create a lively atmosphere, but tables have enough space between them that you don’t need to keep your conversation quiet to avoid eavesdroppers.
Browsing the menu, we were pleased to see a fantastic range of Italian dishes from pizza and pasta to a delicious looking seafood risotto and a secondi selection featuring chicken, veal, steak, calves liver and sea bass dishes to name but a few.
With our mouths already watering, it was nice to have a small taste of what the restaurant has to offer with a selection of olives and bruschetta served with chopped tomatoes, garlic, oregano and basil. A lovely combination to whet our appetites further.
For my starter, I went for the bresaola con rucola e parmigiano (£7.45), which is thinly sliced cured beef fillet with rocket, lemon and Parmesan shavings.
This was a simple, but delicious salad, with the big bold flavours coming from the beef, rocket and Parmesan combining beautifully on the plate.
My husband chose the special for the day, a mushroom dish featuring a delicious sauce with bread to make sure not a drop was wasted.
He also decided to go for the restaurant’s veal special, which came in a rich sauce with a generous helping of roast potatoes, which were to die for, and vegetables.
He said his dish reminded him of the rustic dishes served up in Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
I decided to sample the restaurant’s pizza menu, which has prices ranging from £7.25 to £9.45 – a very reasonable option if you don’t want to splash out too much.
I had the tre gusti pizza (£9.30), which came with chicken, pepperoni sausage and ham.
I also asked for chilli to be added as I was in the mood for a bit of extra heat.
The thin crust was perfectly crisp and could be proudly served in any restaurant in Naples, the home of pizza. All the toppings were fresh and succulent and the flavour combination was divine.
After all that it is a credit to the restaurant that we were still able to squeeze in some dessert as it was too tempting to resist.
We shared the chocolate truffle torte (£5.20), which came with vanilla ice cream. The rich chocolate had a melt in your mouth texture and would satisfy any chocolate fan’s sweet tooth.
While I still hope to re-visit Italy, I left Quattro pleased to know I had found a slice of this beautiful country’s dining culture right here in Caversham.
- Telephone: 0118 9483070
- Website: www.quattro-restaurant.co.uk
- Address: Quattro
14 Prospect Street
Caversham RG4 8JG