|Slow cooked sausage & bean, Mussels with garlic, tomato & bread|
The interior is exposed and I mean exposed. You have rustic brickwork and gaping floorboards as a ceiling, long hanging lighting, actually this is very much my kind of rustic style - with comfort of course. It all looks very promising.
The Bellissimo menu is extensive, there are loads of starters - some are Napoli Sausages with beans, beef fillet with truffle oil, two aubergine options, salmon... it goes on. I had the mussels and my PICC (partner in culinary crime) - Chic Geek, ordered the Napoli sausages with beans.
|Mussels with tomato & Salad with Parmesan - Bellissimo, Twickenham|
|Clam Linguine, Bellissimo Italian Twickenham|
My mussels were slightly cold - but the sauce was hot, I figure this was just a timing issue and I did have to wrestle a beard off the meat but it was ok overall. The sausage and beans were quite good, it had been over salted (I recall an Italian restaurant in St Margarets over salting their food too) - what is with these Twickenham Italian restaurants and their salt, sheeeez.
Anyway, the great thing about Bellisimo is that their mains are excellent. The portion sizes are generous. The risotto has a nice buttery, earthy flavour and the linguine has a generous portion of clams, well generous if you compare what you get in other eateries.
|Risotto Di Mare - Seafood Risotto|
The desserts and the wine (we had a Chianti) weren't so good. The brulee was runny under the shell, and my tiramisu was soggy mush - the liquid had soaked right through and turned parts of the sponge into a swamp land. However, its not all bad, the service was excellent and the venue fabulous.
I hope they get better - they have only just started and if they do, I think they have the potential to be one of the top Italian restaurants in Twickenham. If you like Italian fine dining, my go to place is Bacco in Richmond where portions are a bit more on the delicate side but the standard of food is high - see my review for Bacco.
ps. Get in quick to Bellissimo or it may turn into a place for the stroller Mafioso's.