Food profile - Piccolino, Alderley Edge
PUBLISHED: 10:39 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:39 16 December 2015
Piccolino Alderley Edge brings its vision of a life lived with gusto to Alderley Edge – and is an instant hit.
If you love to have fun with friends, over a good meal and with the wine flowing then you’re likely to be a fan of Piccolino already. A vital fixture on the social and dining circuit of Hale and of Knutsford, the Alderley Edge restaurant takes the same approach to both its venue and its menu – vibrant, customer focussed and definitely a place you’ll visit again and again.
The restaurant group have cleverly expanded upon what might have been rather a restrictive space with an indoor/outdoor room on the front of the building they occupy. With its smart retractable roof and marquee style walls, you might expect a chill, but lots and lots of heaters and blankets if you need them (and you won’t, trust me!) this area has a central bar and plenty of seating – and when full has a buzz only usually found in the streets and cafes of Rome.
The menu at Piccolino isn’t original or extraordinary, but that’s not what’s wanted from a neighbourhood Italian. What’s wanted – and delivered in bold Italian style – is a menu packed with all our favourites, from grilled asparagus to spaghetti carbonara to the perfect steak. There’s even a children’s menu.
We arrived on a dark December Sunday evening and stepped from cold and damp into a whole other world of music and laughter, bustling waiters and busy chefs. Seated quickly, we were introduced to our server and drinks orders quickly taken. One thing my children noted, and loved, was that all the staff are calling to one another in Italian. If anything else was needed to make you feel you’d stepped into a whole other country, this was it!
As you’d hope, the food was all great. My asparagus was perfectly al dente and the poached egg still soft; my daughter’s Costine (pork ribs) were soft and falling off the bone, draped in a sticky sweet sauce and the garlic pizza bread was just perfect for tearing and sharing. I chose from the specials menu for my main course – a Risotto made with chestnuts and ham. It was stickily soft yet not overcooked, the ham providing a sweetness I really enjoyed. My husband, as ever, opted for the Rib Eye steak, with a gorgonzola sauce. He pronounced the steak outstanding – perfectly cooked; juicily rare with a char grill any chef might be proud of.
The joy of Piccolino is that you know what to expect and are never disappointed. It’s a great place to party, perfect for a family meal and the surroundings, staff and food deliver plenty of Italian sunshine whatever time of year you go.
Number 50, London Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD
01625 599 995 | www.individualrestaurants.com/piccolino/alderley-edge/