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Rocco's, Doncaster

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Roccos Italian Kitchen, 1, 2 & 3 St Mary’s Court, Tickhill, Doncaster

Roccos Italian Kitchen occupies perhaps one of the best spots in Tickhill, Doncaster, with a south-facing courtyard that was buzzing when we arrived. A beautiful spot – and a real selling point for the well-loved trattoria.

 

The inside of Roccos has lots of warming browns and creams offset by cool lighting and windows that open out onto the courtyard. It’s stylish without being overfussy, which pretty much rings true with the food too.

 

There’s plenty to choose from with a good number of starters, pizzas, pastas, risottos and meat dishes to tempt, while the wine list, unless you know what you’re looking for, may require a little nudge in the right direction. A glass of L’Aristocratico pinot grigio (£5.15) was a good choice and the perfect accompaniment for what was to come.

 

Starters of arancini (£7.25) and capesante alle nocciole (£12.25) offered different perspectives. My goat’s cheese stuffed-arancini had that rustic, gutsy flavour you’d expect from Italian food while the capesante (scallops) demonstrated skill, not just in pairing flavours – apple, celeriac, hazelnut on this occasion – but with the presentation too.

 

For mains I had a real hankering for a steak and the filleto di manzo (£25.95) here was as good as you’ll find; charred and caramelised on the outside, medium-rare in the middle and dripping in a tasty garlic butter sauce. Simple but delicious.

 

After raving about the scallops there was yet more shellfish across the table, this time in the form of linguine gamberetti indiavolati (£12.25). The pasta was al dente, the prawns were plentiful but it was the flavours of chilli, garlic and lemon that really stood out, giving the dish a delightfully fresh flavour.

 

Desserts came recommended by our waiter and good choices they were too. Raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake (£5.95) was wonderfully light, perfect for a summer’s evening, while the tiramisu was just that little bit more indulgent and had all the hallmarks of the Italian classic – chocolate, coffee, cream – delicious. A macchiato (£1.80) rounded off proceedings.

 

The courtyard – which was still buzzing as we finished our meal – maybe a huge selling point for Roccos but to be fair, the food’s all you need. I was sold.

 

Roccos Italian Kitchen, 1, 2 & 3 St Mary’s Court, Tickhill, Doncaster DN11 9LX

Tel: 01302 744968 

www.roccositaliankitchen.co.uk

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