This month we decided to go a bit radical and go with my seat of the pants side taking the lead (rather than Jane’s let’s book six months in advance organised side!) so we didn’t book anywhere. Instead we decided we would head towards Fossgate as there were a couple of restaurants on our list down there so we had a good chance of getting in somewhere. If all else failed there was always the Hop for one of their great pizzas.
Meeting in Sutlers for our customary pre-dinner drink, we were hit with a wall of gin that really is pretty impressive. Every flavour you could possibly think of meaning that choosing just one is quite difficult. Luckily Jane arrived first so had time to peruse the wall before I turned up, glass of red for me. After drinks we decided to head on over to Marzano. Having been a number of different names over the years neither of us had been to the place in its current incarnation. Marzano is a family run Italian that prides itself on its authentic food (as well as its Espresso Martini).
Going rogue and not booking somewhere is always a little stressful for me, the danger of the inevitable ‘I told you so’ from Jane if we can’t get in. However we needn’t have worried as the restaurant wasn’t too busy. We were shown straight to a nice window seat and given menus.
Drinks choice is easy when we are out as it’s always a bottle of red, however the food is often trickier. After much deliberation and a few helpful suggestions from the very pleasant waiter, I plumped for a double dose of goats cheese. Capra Grill as a starter, and the Calzoni con funghi e fromaggio for main. Jane stuck with the excessive cheese theme going for arancini to start and the ravioli spinacia e ricotta for main.
The starters arrived quickly and both of them were a real hit. The arancini were deep fried balls of deliciousness, perfectly crisp on the outside with a melting mozzarella middle. Capra Grill is essentially goats cheese on toast served with caramelized onions. The sweetness of the onions balanced the saltiness of the cheese supremely.
My main was a folded pizza filled with oozing goats cheese, garlicky mushrooms and spinach. This was really tasty. I have to say I’m not normally a fan of a folded pizza and they can be a bit too base heavy, however this was not the case here. The base was crisp and light, whilst the combinations of flavours in the middle were sublime. Jane’s ravioli was that classic combination of spinach and ricotta, and the pasta was very tasty. However there was a bit too much sauce with this which did slightly overshadow the pasta itself. Overall however both meals were really nice with the calzone taking the slight edge.
Situated in the old fish market Marzano is worth a visit for all Italian lovers and we will definitely be back.
🍷 Meal for 2 with 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers: £50.85
🎉 My Highlight: Calzoni con funghi e fromaggio
⚡️ Jane’s Highlight: The lovely, crisp & cheesy arancini
🍴 If we could change one thing…
Slightly less saucey pasta
Jane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Restaurant details: www.marzanoitalian.co.uk.