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A true taste of Italy – Pinocchio’s Canterbury

A true taste of Italy – Pinocchio’s Canterbury

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Having recently enjoyed our honeymoon near Naples, it seemed fitting our first meal out on our return would be somewhere owned by a family from the famous Italian city.

As Pinocchio’s Manager Massimo Fierro explains, there’s plenty of passion that has gone into helping run the business for more than a decade in Canterbury. Bringing a slice of the Amalfi coast to the UK has taken a good deal of dedication amid a crowded marketplace in a city that never seems to stop opening new restaurants.

But it’s clear this is far from your average high street chain Italian venue, and you are assured of a typically enthusiastic Mediterranean welcome. The fact we spied several satisfied-looking Italian diners voicing their approval proved even more reassuring that we were destined for fine evening.

There’s a strong menu that features not only the pizza and pasta that are firm favourites in Naples, there is also a selection of fresh seafood including crab, mussels and sea bass. From the impressive array of starters, I chose a soup of the day – a very filling minestrone, while my wife opted for a classic opening dish of mozzarella and tomato.

With pizza being among my absolute favourite dishes – and on Massimo’s recommendation, I opted for the very un-Italian sounding Pizza Mike – which has layers of mozzarella, Gorgonzola and mushrooms. This exceptionally creamy offering apparently gains its name from one of the venue’s regulars, who made a personal request and gained some local notoriety in the process. My wife selected the salmon pasta, which was met with considerable approval, though be warned, the portions are generous.

For dessert, the Limoncello-infused tart was so tempting that supplies had apparently run out, but thankfully, a chocolate equivalent named Caprese was available. The other dessert winging its way to our table was a summer berry version of tiramisu, which tasted as good as it looked.

The drinks menu is also impressive, including some particularly fine vintages of wine and spirits to complement the varied main course dishes.

Words & photographs Neill Barston
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