I am a sucker for garlic bread and as such, my judgement on a restaurant can be made or broken just on their starters. So luckily for Biviano's Italian and Seafood Restaurant, the freshly toasted roll of garlic bread came out oozing yummy garlic and buttery goodness.
With that ticked on my checklist, we selected our main courses of 'Orechietti Pollo' and 'Jamie's Special'. I was a bit dubious with my selection – tender chicken strips, cashew nuts, snow peas and fresh tomato in a herb cream sauce. I find that often these creamy dishes are just too sickly to have more than a few spoonfuls. Again, Biviano's did not disappoint. They really had the ratio of pasta and cream right and the meal left me satisfied. 'Jamie's Special', a pasta dish with spicy Italian sausage and napolitana sauce, was disappointing to me as I found the olives a little overpowering.
'Jamie's Special' and 'Orechietti Pollo 'dishes
While the dessert menu was not extensive, there was a nice variety in the small number of dishes offered. The baked crème caramel was light and creamy while the strawberry pancakes were fresh and delicious. Biviano's accommodated my cream fetish and provided extra cream upon request.
Portion size was perfect for my husband and I – we like generous helpings, but not so generous that you feel bloated and cannot eat for the next week. This is particularly important since we were brought up with the age old rule 'you must eat everything on your plate', which can be tough when you are at a restaurant that serves oversized meals or meals with flavours that would have been better off left in the bin.
Atmosphere is definitely the clincher when it comes to a restaurant experience. I have to admit, I was not expecting much when I turned up to Biviano's. The restaurant is hidden amongst similar looking shop windows in a big block of factory style units. However, that is quickly forgotten when you enter and find access to a two level restaurant with mood lighting, bars and all the usual fancy restaurant attire. The walls are nicely painted with an Italian scene, where it feels that you are looking through the windows of a traditional Italian café over the beautiful Mediterranean.
Biviano's is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and also offers takeaway. The menu has all the usual Italian cuisines and main choices are extensive. It also offers a function room, catering for up to 200 at a time.