Authentic Italian food served with passion and dedication
When La Terrazza first opened in 1997, Lidia Cantelmi was just a toddler. But after growing up watching her father and brother run the restaurant, three years ago she was handed the reins, and has been serving up authentic cuisine from Sharrow Vale Road’s little Italy ever since.
And it’s this lifelong passion and dedication for La Terrazza that shines from Lidia and every dish that is served in the restaurant. Fresh ingredients are brought in daily, whilst beers and ice cream are imported for that genuine experience.
To start I opted for the rucola e formaggio caprino (£6.95), a pear and rocket salad topped with melted goats cheese. A light dish to begin with, the tanginess of the goats cheese was offset by the beautifully sweet red onion chutney, whilst the refreshing pears complimented the spicy rocket. Simple and stunning.
Across the table, my companion ordered from the specials board, opting for grilled sea tiger shrimp (£7.95). Large and flavoursome, the shrimp was accompanied by a spiced butter which was subtly flavoured yet really brought out the dish’s flavour.
Starters were swiftly followed by mains, brought out by one of Lidia’s lovely team, who are never short of a smile or a little bit of Italian flair; parmesan is served from a nifty little gadget and black pepper is ground from an oversized pepper mill.
Made fresh, the generously filled ravioli parcels of my cappellini di zucca (£8.95) were perfectly al dente, their pumpkin filling deliciously sweet but not sickly. Classic Italian flavours came courtesy of the sundried tomatoes and rocket pesto, drizzled over the pasta parcels and providing both a great sauce and pretty presentation.
It was my companion’s filetto Buckingham (£22.50) that really stole the show. Cooked rare, the steak sliced like butter, the tender cut was full of meaty flavour which was only enhanced by its stuffing of pate and bacon wrap. The port wine jus brought out the flavours but was subtle enough not to overpower the meat.
Upon Lidia’s enthusiastic recommendation we opted for a bottle of Italian malt beer to accompany dessert. Not only is the beer handmade but so is the bottle it comes in, complete with a swing bottle top, there’s not only an air of luxury about Amarcord, but a hint of cheekiness too, and Lidia tells us to look out for their suggestive slogan at the bottom of the glass.
Too indecisive to choose, we opted for the trio of tiramisu, cheesecake and profiterole (£4.65) for dessert, with a few scoops of mixed ice cream (£4.50) to go with – the classic strawberry and vanilla flavours plus blueberry, an unusual flavour neither of us had tried before.
All the desserts were simply divine. The profiterole, chocolate rather than cream filled, was light and airy whilst the tiramisu was spongy and soaked with coffee flavours, and the fresh Italian ice cream was fruity and creamy.
As we drank up, Amarcord’s cheeky slogan was revealed…Italians do it better. That’s certainly true at La Terrazza, Sharrow Vale Road’s little Italian hideaway.
La Terrazza, 352 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZP
Tel: 0114 268 5150