An evening where I fancied a local hearty Italian dinner, I chose La Nonna over the newer chain Made in Italy and an old favourite Al Forno. The restaurant itself was rustic and full of character- pillars and walls of exposed brick, warm lamps and dark wooden chairs and tables. We were greeted by an enthusiastic host and excitedly ordered white wine, calamari, garlic pizza bread, veal escalope with spaghetti in tomato sauce and lamb cutlets with rosemary sauce served with potatoes.
Sadly, we didn’t have the best start as the waiter came over with a jug of water with hundreds of bits floating in it and proceeded to pour it into our glasses. At first, I assumed that maybe it was lemon pulp or elderflower they had added to the water, but looking closer, they were tiny chips of brick/paint- definitely not edible! It took an unreasonable amount of time to grab the attention of another waiter to have the water changed and this set the tone for the evening!
The house white was extremely bitter and tasted slightly oxidised, the calamari lacked flavour, the garlic pizza had been sprinkled with an excessive and overpowering amount of dried mixed herbs and the lamb cutlets were drowning in a thick sauce that really took away from the meat itself. The one saving grace was the truly delicious tomato sauce on the spaghetti, but that unfortunately was not enough to save the evening.
In very un-British fashion, we did complain about the wine, to which we were abruptly shut down, implying that our taste buds were wrong! We didn’t stay for dessert and I can’t think of one reason to return. It’s a shame as friends who have been to La Nonna in the past had very complimentary things to say about the food and service, something has changed.
Rating: 1.0 / 5.0