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San Carlo, Bristol

44 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HQ, UK
San Carlo, Bristol Review
4 Star Rating
24 June 2017San Carlo, Bristol
Tags: Bristol, UK, Italian reviewsThe Bill: £54 per head

San Carlo can be found located just a few steps from Bristol’s harbour. San Carlo is somewhat of an iconic restaurant in this city, having been there for over 50 years. On a recent trip to Bristol, we were particularly excited to visit, especially having visited some of their other locations and having fallen in love with the brand. We couldn't wait to dine here.

When we arrived at San Carlo we were greeted warmly and shown to our table. The restaurant is very large, which is deceiving from the outside. We visited on a Thursday evening and every single table was taken, which is testament to how popular this restaurant truly is. We were pleased about how busy the restaurant was, as it provided a fun and bustling atmosphere.

The menu is full of authentic Italian dishes. The service is also so authentically Italian that you would be forgiven for thinking you were dining in Milan. We soon made our menu choices and settled in for the evening, taking in our surroundings.

“If you’re looking for a superb Italian dining experience in Bristol, then San Carlo is a strong contender.”

To start, I chose the Prosciutto and Melone dish, which came served as Parma ham with melon. Although a simple dish, these are flavours that always work, and the high quality, salty Parma ham complimented the perfectly ripe and sweet melon effortlessly. My partner chose the Minestrone al Soffrito, which is a traditional Italian soup, made with vegetables in stock. It was full of flavour and again wonderfully authentic.

For our main courses, I opted for the Pene alla Norma, which is apparently the most popular dish in Southern Italy. This pasta dish consists of aubergine with tomato, basil and garlic, topped with pecorino cheese. My partner went for the original recipe Spaghetti Bolognese. Both dishes were so delicious, made with only the freshest of ingredients.

Alongside our meal, we chose to sample a couple of their cocktails. I went for the Piña Colada which came garnished with fresh pineapple and tasted divine. My partner opted for a classic, yet perfectly executed Espresso Martini.

Throughout the evening our server remained attentive, despite the busyness of the restaurant, and we were left wanting for nothing. If you’re looking for a superb Italian dining experience in Bristol, then San Carlo is certainly a strong contender.

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