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Romolo Shrewsbury ~ Review

Location, Location, Location

Romolo Restaurant Shrewsbury

Romolo Restaurant Shrewsbury

When it comes to opening a new restaurant, there are 3 things you can pretty much rely – and all three are down to location. Yes, food, menus, service, price, and the all important ambience are also pretty close behind, but a good view, or convenience can account for alot of forgiveness.
We were lucky enough to be invited for the opening of the Romolo Restaurant in Shrewsbury, and to be one of the first to review it, but disappointingly due to a prior engagement, were unable to make it, so our recent visit was well overdue.

On a recent cold Friday night we entered the warm and welcoming grandiose reception of Romolo. Plush, vibrant and stylish throughout with a rich red hue emanating from the decor, clever lighting and red leather furnishings. Created by the welcome from friendly ‘Adrian’ the general manager, who took our Winter coats, and invited us upstairs for cocktails.
The sweeping staircase reminded me of many a style bar in London and further afield, and the ambient music coming from upstairs indicated that this was a place to relax, and enjoy the indulgence of their extensive cocktail menu – The word extensive, I don’t even think gives it justice – Huge, wide-ranging, or even for the younger amongst you ‘Uber’ does not even fully describe. Twenty Six pages of flagrant descriptions of Martini’s bourbons, Mojito’s, champagne’s, shooters, and olde classics, including a good selection of malts,  and my favourites Caipirinha’s made with South American Cachaca sugar cane spirit – sadly I was the driver for the night, so tried their Coconutty Nana – a blend of ingredients indicated by the title, which I can only describe as a perfect Pina Colada, but without the Malibu if possible. My guest a more potent ‘Roses are Red’ with fresh cranberries, Lychee liquor, and chilled prosecco – that Italian favourite – again, perfectly balanced and refreshing.
Throughout all the Friday night frivolity, we were in the midst of a real party atmosphere – lots of table of ladies having fun, men catching up, and couples soaking up the ambience, not to mention a few drinks for all attendees. The atmosphere was only eclipsed by the views of the river, and the New Severn Theatre beyond.
The menu offers a selection of what you would expect to find on any Trattoria’s list, antipasti to share, fresh fish, pasta and meat. We also noted a genuine wood fired pizza oven and were informed that Pizzas would soon be available on Thursday nights from January, so this was an excuse to come back at a later date! We chose the Sauteed Mediterranean Prawns (£6.95) and Penne alla Caprino with walnuts and goat’s cheese. £4.95 as a starter.(or £9.95 as a main) Mains were Whole filleted Crispy Seabass with Chorizo and new potatoes, £14.95 and I kept with my fish theme and went for the Fresh Mussels Marinara £9.95.  We passed on desserts in an attempt to be virtuous before the Christmas season of over indulgence starts. However I certainly would have been tempted if only they had had a selection of homemade Italian Ice Cream – as an Galato-addict will know it is world renowned and would have hit the spot nicely! This isn’t to say that Ice Cream wasn’t on the menu, and though ‘local’  the real McCoy  would have complimented the menu selection perfectly.
Service was slick, and attentive – not sure how many waiter(esses) they had on the night, but we counted 5 who served our table, including Franco the owner, all checking to see if we were happy.  For the wine we chose the Italian Barbera Carafe for £9.90.
I think their own menu sums up Romolo ‘Never has the cocktail been more at home in an Italian restaurant’  – a great location for a romantic night out, all the way to an office party, with it’s rich red decor, and attentive informed service  – I do recommend  spending time in the cocktail bar, and enjoy the regular live music on Fridays, a welcome to any late night venue – Valentines will be booked up early, so I recommend you call now to secure – As if the Italian’s can’t get your blood racing then no doubt the river-side location will let your minds meander to all things romantic, if that does n’t work either – then go to the cinema, or RELATE!

Romolo Restaurant & Lounge, Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury, SY1 1HH Tel :01743 233244 www.romolo.co.uk

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