Who doesn’t love a bargain lunch with friends? Last week, I headed out for a Monday lunch date with some friends, which ended up being a bloody bargain, thanks to the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme.
I love a Monday adventure. Mondays are obviously the worst day of the week, so a nice treat like a fancy lunch makes everything seem a little better and starts the week out right.
For last week’s Monday adventure, we picked Pasta Di Piazza. You’ll find Pasta Di Piazza in the Jewellery Quarter, just off St. Paul’s Square. Their menu is classic Italian, and the quaint restaurant has been a popular spot with JQ locals for ages.
I started with the Pate di Anatra (£6.50), which is duck and port pate, with toasted ciabatta and balsamic onion. I always order pate (and Laura always laughs at me for it, because I’m so predictable), but I just love the stuff. One of my pet hates though is an incorrect pate to toast ratio. In a lot of places, you get way too much of one and not enough of the other. Not so here. Three slices of toasted ciabatta, and three fat triangles of rich, creamy pate, ready to be piled high. Perfect.
Another dish I repeat order (and cook a lot at home) is risotto. This time, I went for the Risotto di Asparagi (£11.50), which is cooked with goat’s cheese, asparagus, peas, and sun-dried tomatoes.
You get a big portion here, so you’ll definitely leave full. The risotto is creamy, but I’d have liked a slightly ‘goatier’ goat’s cheese. I actually forgot there was goat’s cheese in it until I reread the menu to write this post. However, I do know that a strong goat’s cheese isn’t for everyone, so I might be alone on that one!
With soft drinks, we paid a little over £10 each for two courses, which is a flippin’ bargain if you ask me.
Pasta Di Piazza is taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme until the 31st August. Get 50% off, up to £10 per person, on food and soft drinks.
There’s hand sanitiser at the door on arrival. Tables are well spread out. Staff are in masks. Everything is cleaned between groups.
I’d suggest booking to guarantee a table, although they are accepting walk-ins. There were plenty of tables available on a Monday lunchtime.
I got 50% off my bill on the Eat Out To Help Out scheme which is available to everyone. I paid my share myself, and we left a tip. All prices and information correct at the time of writing.