Pasta masters of traditional cuisine
Italian dining experiences are synonymous with good food served in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
One of my favourite places to eat is Lombardi’s in Chesterfield, a passion obviously shared by the large mid-week crowd who had gone there in search of tasty tucker in convivial surroundings.
The Lombardi family, who hail from a town outside Naples, have been feeding traditional Italian fare to the diners of Derbyshire for a decade now.
There’s a real buzz about their restaurant, where a smiling, friendly maitre d’ greets you at the door, chefs can be seen behind a small arch cooking up Continental creations and unobtrusive waiters attend to your every need.
The meals are as generous as the welcome. My partner’s starter - Uova Florentina - was big enough to qualify as a main course and delicious though it was, he struggled to eat it all. His piping-hot first platter (£5.50) was a mouth-watering medley of poached egg in tomato, garlic, spinach and Parmesan cheese.
For the main course, he chose the priciest dish on the menu - Filetto Reale - at a wallet-busting £21, but well worth every penny. Melt-in-the-mouth grilled fillet steak was stuffed with dolcelatte cheese, wrapped with parma ham and cooked in a rich creamy sauce with a hint of alcohol.
As tempted as I was by my favourite dish at Lombardi’s, the calzone, I decided to be adventurous and go for one of the three specials - Pollo Casanova (£13.95). Succulent chicken breast was enlivened by spicy chorizo, peppers, garlic and white wine, with every mouthful a treat to eat.
I’d set my heart on home-made lemon cheesecake for dessert but sadly, it had gone. Instead, I opted for the chocolate tart and vanilla ice cream at £5.95. The ice cream was delicious but the tart tasted bland and lacked the wow factor.
Still, that elusive cheesecake gives me the best excuse to return to Lombardi’s... and soon!
Lombardi’s, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield
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