If you are familiar with the area, you’ll well be able to remember the previous incarnations of the old pub in Rickleton village in Washington that San Lorenzo calls home.
Recently revamped, San Lorenzo leads the building in its current guise as a modern Italian restaurant.
Gone is the homely, cosy ‘authentic’ Italian decor and in comes a stripped back, clean and modern San Lorenzo. Dark wood, light walls and branding dotted throughout, the dining room is dominated by the theatre kitchen.
Checking out the restaurant on a midweek teatime, we were lucky enough to snap up the last table which was a surprise. This was probably due to the fact that the happy hour here runs until a very generous 7pm. Perfect for workers heading out for food on their way home. 2 courses for £9.95 or 3 courses for £12.95.
With an impressively large menu and daily specials, we were overawed by the amount of starters we had to choose from. Some dish choices lacked by comparison (Not that many pasta’s to choose from) but it was a well thought out menu with something for everyone.
Once we made the difficult decision of choosing, our attentive wait staff kept our glasses topped up and had perfect timing. We were checked on at the right times and not once did we have to get their attention, the staff just got it spot on despite the room being full.
The Minstrone soup (£3.95) came served with fresh warm bread. A purse friendly price for a bowl jam packed with vegetables and pasta. The tomato broth base was flavourful and gave a warming authentic hug. It will be a perfect winter warmer. So filling, the portion was spot on and apparently just as good as any Minestrone my companion had eaten in Italy.
The Calamari Fritti (£5.95) was delicious and a great portion size to start. The batter was crisp and the squid itself was butter soft. The only thing lacking was the lemon and garlic dip. I’d have preferred to see a larger amount for dipping in to as I found myself chasing the smear of garlic around the plate. It looked like I was really trying to get my moneys worth!
The Spaghetti Bolognese (£8.50) was my choice and as I was wearing a white shirt… I don’t know what posessed me! I came home wearing more than I ate I think! The bolognese was rich and boozy with a clear hit of the red wine used to make the sauce whilst the meat was tender. The pasta was al dente and the sauce clung to each strand perfectly…. which is half the problem of me wearing it!
The Carnivora Pizza Premio (£10.95) was jam packed with meat. The ultra thin crispy base was packed high with bolognese, pepperoni, chicken, pancetta and parma ham along with peppers and onions. The base was the star of the show but couldn’t quite hold up to the moisture from the bolognese. The pizza was definitely a knife and fork job as it was far too sloppy to eat by hand and keep the toppings on! As my companion wasn’t afraid to dig in and get his hands dirty, the pizza was devoured in double speed!
We split a Caprese con Bufala (£5.95) between us and it was a nice fresh addition to the meals. The mozzarella was dense and creamy, dressed with oil and balsamic. The heritage tomatoes were fresh and firm and sliced generously. It would make a cracking starter if it came with some fresh bread too!
Pleasantly full but wanting just a tiny bit something sweet, we settled on sharing a Dolci dessert. A smaller portion of a dessert served along side a hot drink of your choice. The Chocolate Brownie + Latte (£5) was the perfect end to the meal. The brownie was chocolate heaven. Served warm, the crisp top was hiding the oozy unction chocolate beneath. It would definitely be death by chocolate if we had ordered a full one!
The small bite desserts are a great option for someone who want’s a little something something, but not a full portion!
The restaurant emptied quite quickly after the happy hour diners had finished so we ended our meal and a sedate pace in our own little corner of the dining room.
A great improvement and an asset to the area, San Lorenzo was a great choice for us (free parking!) and we will most definitely be back…. there’s just too many starters to work our way through to not come back!
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