When you look at the exterior of San Marino you wouldn't expect this quaint restaurant to hold so many delights. The small business is owned by a family from the Amalfi coast, and has been serving up Italian cuisine for nearly 20 years.
I phoned in advance to book a table, and pre-ordered a bottle of prosecco. It was chilled, and on the table tucked away in a cosy corner of the restaurant ready for our arrival, a very nice touch.
The menu is varying and has a wide choice of Italian classics, and some not so common dishes. I ordered gamberoni in a white wine and garlic sauce to start, one of my guests had pate on toast, the other had mussels in a tomato and garlic sauce and we also shared garlic bread.
The gamberoni tasted just as good as it smelled: large succulent prawns with a lovely garlic taste, which was enough to make your mouth water. The mussels looked good too, and they were: a heap of shells swimming in scrumptious tomato and garlic sauce. The pate also got good review: buttery pate on toasted bread. The garlic bread did not disappoint either, the soft base showed no sign of even coming close to burning and had a crispy crust.
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For the main course I sampled the classic spaghetti carbonara. It wasn't too creamy, the pasta was al dente and the slightly smoky ham complimented the creamy sauce to perfection.
My fellow diners had a steak with pate, and spaghetti scogliera. The steak was cooked very well to order, the pate was smooth and sat very nicely with the steak; the sauce was sublime too, a slightly sweet gravy which set the savoury taste of the dish off amazingly well.
My seafood loving friend said the scogliera was excellent, a simple tomato sauce accompanied by mounds of mussels, shrimps and king prawns.
No attempt was made at dessert; instead we opted for a Tia Maria coffee that was dessert enough in itself. One of my guests had a coffee and sambuca, and the other had profiteroles, which received fantastic review.
The meal, including the drinks, cost around a reasonable £90.00, very good price for high quality service and food.