Buzzing atmosphere in a fabulous Italian restaurant
Friday nights in Bawtry are always something to be savoured. Whether it’s a meal out with your other half, a few drinks with friends or a simple stroll through the town to soak up the buzzing atmosphere, there are few places like it.
On this particular occasion, my partner and I had our sights set on Ziniz - Bawtry’s fabulous Italian restaurant overlooking the main square. Weaving our way through the crowds of people sipping Prosecco and bottled beers at the bar, we stepped out of the hustle and bustle and into the restaurant.
There was still a good dose of the Friday night buzz away from the bar, with up-tempo dance music providing a sizzling backdrop to our meal. This, along with the black leather booths, dark wooden tables, ornate black mirrors and a huge Italian photographic fresco along the length of one wall, made for a spectacular setting.
While sipping on a glass of Vino Spumante Prosecco (£5.95) and a bottle of Peroni (£3.95), we perused the extensive menu. It more than matched our expectations and we spent quite a while trying to whittle down our selection - there are so many tempting options, we could easily have ordered half a dozen dishes each and still missed out on some amazing treats.
For starters, the crispy salt and pepper batter and tender baby squid of my partner’s Calamari Fritti (£7.25) - including, to his delight, the tentacles - made for a fine example of this classic dish and came with plenty of lime mayonnaise for dipping. My Insalata di Parma (£7.95) was equally well received; a generous portion of thinly sliced and incredibly flavoursome San Daniele meat from Parma matched perfectly with the peppery rocket leaves and delicately shaved parmesan.
On to mains, and my partner’s Mare Arabella (£18.95) was another delight. This wonderfully garlicky seafood extravaganza saw dramatic black ink spaghetti team up with mussels, king prawns and scallops for a really show-stopping dish. It was an absolute dream, especially when enjoyed with a chilled large glass of Solstice Sauvignon Blanc (£6.35), and is something either one of us would be happy to order again.
My Filletto alla Claudia (£22), while less flamboyant, was just as good. I was in my element with prime-aged fillet of beef medallions flamed in a brandy, cream and wholegrain mustard sauce and a side of buttered green beans (£3.25). I could have chosen any one of the three potato sides too, but I decided to hold back on the carbs and save room for dessert. And I’m glad I did.
While my partner opted for a light option of Vin Santo con Cantuccini (£3.95) - a Tuscan dessert wine served with deliciously traditional Cantuccini biscuits - it was a chocolate tart that caught my eye on the dessert menu. You wouldn’t have known the sweet pastry case of my Torta Cioccolato e Arancia, £5.50 was free of gluten, wheat and dairy. Filled with a beautifully rich chocolate orange ganache and accompanied by ice cream and fruit, it was a sweetly indulgent ending to what had been a truly wonderful meal.
Ziniz, 1 Market Place, Bawtry, DN10 6JL. Tel: 01302 711115