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Nonnas Food Review

Posted by: Chiara Bruno
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Sheffield’s best loved Italian restaurants

After opening in 1996, Nonnas is one of Sheffield’s best loved Italian restaurants. Going from strength to strength, I think you’d agree that Ecclesall Road wouldn’t quite be the same without this iconic Italian restaurant at its heart.

 

With echoes to its name (with nonna meaning grandma in Italian), Nonnas serves traditional Tuscan food with its own modern twist. As is the case with most Italians, family is important, and Nonnas is no different. From a wonderfully welcome atmosphere for all, to having a separate bambini menu, family matters.

 

It was a lively Monday night when we were led to a prime table overlooking Ecclesall Road. Beginning our Nonnas experience, we ordered a large glass of red each; the Sicilian Nero d’Avola (£9.95) for my husband, and my absolute favourite, the Puglian Primitivo from Manduria for me (£11.25). Full bodied and rich, these wines made the ideal accompaniment to our meals.

 

To begin, I chose the fritto misto (£9.50) and was bowled over by the quality of the light and airy tempura-battered fried fish, which consisted of succulent pieces of cod, strips of squid and prawns. Totally more-ish.

 

My husband continued the fish theme with another favourite of ours; baby octopus. The polpo (£9.75) was cooked just right, perfectly grilled and served on a bed of lemon and herb couscous, complete with a citrusy coriander and lemon dressing.

For a main, I chose pasta (a ‘must-do’ in an Italian restaurant) and opted for yet more fish with the linguine marinara in bianco (£15.50). The linguine were cooked perfectly al dente, whilst the white-wine steamed seafood were full of flavour, providing a welcome punch with a hint of chilli.

 

My husband’s choice of the 10oz chargrilled Ribeye, or Manzo in Italian (£29.90), was wonderfully juicy and tender. It came with a Pesto dressing, crispy shallot rings and slow roasted tomatoes, complementing the steak and creating a true taste sensation.

To end our night, I just had to go for the classic pick-me-up and order the famous Nonnas Tiramisu (£8.50). Layers of sweet and creamy mascarpone, cocoa powder and coffee-soaked savoiardi biscuits made for a delectable dessert.

 

My husband’s Limoncello mascarpone (£8.50) balanced its smooth and velvety cream with a crunch of white chocolate crumble and crushed pistachios, whilst the raspberries added a zingy freshness to the dish.

 

If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant which serves excellent food, provides a superb service and has a warm and friendly atmosphere, then the legendary Nonnas should be your go to.

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