Restaurants & Bars 4

[Greater Manchester, Cheadle Hulme] Trattoria D'Agostino

Harters | Mar 30, 201202:35 PM

This tiny place on Cheadle Hulme’s main drag has only been open for a few months. It’s been on our “to try” list for a while so we were quite chuffed when friends suggested eating there.

There’s only eight tables and the single-handed cooking is done in a very small space in the corner. Sensibly, the menu is kept brief – easy starters, a few pizzas, a few pasta dishes, a couple of variations on a chicken breast or steak theme and a “fish of the day”. Prices are very keen, no doubt helped by the fact there is no alcohol licence (although they are very happy for you to bring your own booze – and there’s no corkage charge).

And the food? Well, a bit of the curate’s egg. Bruschetta came as a smallish round of pizza dough, topped with tomato, onion and mozzarella. Fresh tasting and pleasant enough but it was underseasoned and could have done with a lift with some herbs or something. My salad was a quick assembly job of leaves, tomato, onion, “catering” black olives and an underwhelmingly mild goats cheese.

We both went with pasta for mains. Penne Piccante was a very poky mix of al dente pasta, spicy sausage, garlic, chilli and a decent tomato sauce. The other plate, described as “pasta and beans”, was a bowl of short tubes (ditalini?), lots of tomato sauce with insufficient beans. There was a little bacon and a little too much chilli. You’d have hoped this was going to be a thick comforting bowl for a chilly March evening but it was pretty much just pasta with tomato sauce.

For desserts, the “special” of cannoli appealed to both us (but then we were both fans of the Sopranos). A good crisp pastry enclosed a chocolate flavoured ricotta/cream mix. Good choice – the best course of the evening.

Not a place that we’d be in a rush to revisit – in spite of the several very positive TripAdvisor reviews that are already posted and which are, no doubt, helping to account for the fact that it was rammed.

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