More Italian food.
That’s no bad thing though right?
Myself and The Hungry Mrs were out and about on a chilly November Saturday and having only recently heard about Salvi’s we decided to pop in for a bite to eat.
Before I go on can I just digress to say what a pleasure it is to have The Corn Exchange back. The Triangle? My arse.
Ok so back to Salvi’s. Here for a year now by all accounts and having undergone a few changes in that time you’ll find them in a small unit which forms part of this iconic building. Once you enter it seems you are immediately swept to the kind of place that you might expect to see in any number of cities across Italy or America, perhaps in London but not so much in our fair town. Lots of vibrancy and bustle within a relatively small space. First you’re greeted by a rack of store cupboard goods on your right and smacked by colours and aromas from the deli counter in front of you. Then comes the welcome from the staff themselves which is friendly and inviting.
Seated with a glass of the increasingly popular Aperol Spritz, we had a look through the menu. The choice while not exhaustive was at least different to the options available at other Italian eateries. The added bonus here being that in most cases you could take away the ingredients used in your meal to attempt at home.
The deli/eatery is attractively fitted out with lots of natural woods on show with menu boards and produce popping up all the over the counter, forcing you (in a good way) to delve deeper into the offerings available.
So we tucked into shared nibbles of olives, bread, salami and the star of the show the Bufala Mozzarella – something in which Salvi’s pride themselves. Mains were a toasted sandwich for my better half while I went all unadventurous in opting for spaghetti carbonara. For the lack of adventure, however, I was rewarded with a delicious dish of perfectly cooked pasta with delicious salty meat and creamy sauce. As for the sandwich – it was equally well received and more than enough – I may or may not have helped to finish this off. All were priced as you’d expect with the mains coming in under a tenner.
After eating we had a little chat to Maurizio who owns and runs Salvi’s which is named for his father. Maurizio’s story is one of being here for twenty years and on frequent trips to Italy in the past, friends, colleagues, strangers in the street, would stop him and ask him to return laden with produce from Italy. This, he decided, was not ideal and instead began to import authentic goods from producers he knew. Which lets face it cannot be a bad thing.
So what we end up with is a small, relaxed and informal eatery where you can also buy top quality ingredients to take home/snaffle on the train.
If I were to make one change it would be the automatic doors which were a bit of a pain on this chilly day. That said – I’m a bloke who owns a coat and, if needs be, a scarf. So scrub that!!
So Happy Birthday(ish) to Salvi’s and long may they be here.
Now before you all rush off………..
Salvi’s have, this year, launched a range of Christmas hampers. AND guess what? I’ve got one for you. Not one each. But I do have one to give away. Simply get yourself over to Twitter, follow thehungrymanc and The Corn Exchange (cornexchangeMAN) and Retweet any link you see to this post before 5pm on the 23rd November 2012.
I have been told that in the hamper there will be wine, a selection of pasta and antipasti items, chocolates and a voucher to collect some of the delicious Mozarella when convenient. It will look something like this:
Thanks so much to all those who followed and Retweeted. The WINNER of the hamper (as chosen by TweetRoulette) is @emdarlington
Please e-mail me @ email@example.com to arrange delivery.