ITALY and New York may be renowned for their impressive eateries, but those searching for an authentic taste a little closer to home need look no further than Marco’s.
The Kenilworth restaurant opened just over a year ago and has recently launched a new menu.
Despite the town already boasting an impressive dining scene, the New York Italian is a welcome addition, offering simple foods cooked well.
The plush restaurant is stylish but in a relaxed atmosphere, with comfy seating and huge mirrors, complimented in a black and white design. Of course, it would not be one of Marco Pierre White’s restaurants without a host of pictures of the chef himself on the walls.
Attentive waiters showcased the wine and champagne list, which is joined by a number of delicious sounding cocktails. Spoilt for choice I plumped for the recommended Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc, a light and refreshing wine which perfectly complemented the juicy jumbo shrimp starter.
As someone who’s not a huge fan of dissecting my food, I was delighted when the perfectly grilled prawns – cooked in garlic and rosemary – arrived at my table halved and easy to eat.
My partner opted for the chicken goujons, served with a delicious, light homemade aioli.
For main, what else could I choose than something both New York and Italy are famed for – pizza. I chose the mushroom and rocket, on a crispy traditional base, with a smooth tomato sauce and a thick layer of creamy mozzarella.
For him, the surf and turf, a superbly cooked 10oz sirloin with the aforementioned prawns.
As a side we shared a panzanella salad, teeming with capers, croutons and basil, topped with a Merlot dressing.
A mention has to be given to one of the unsuspecting stars of the night, a delicious homemade barbecue sauce perfect for dunking chips (and pizza crusts) into.
Despite being fit to burst, we had a look at the dessert menu and shared the ‘Italian Job’ – a taster of blueberry cheesecake, tiramisu and chocolate brownie.
The rich brownie did not disappoint, as did the strong but sweet tiramisu. The only part of pudding I wasn’t too keen on was the cheesecake, with the rich almond base detracting from the rest of the delicate dish.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed meal with attentive staff, look no further than Marco’s.
Visit www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk to book.