One of the dreams I had about having kids was us all sat around the table eating together and sharing stories of our day. It’s what I knew growing up and it’s how I envisaged parenthood too. Apparently, the Italians feel the same, and restaurant chain Prezzo have created the La Famiglia family sharing dish to embrace this way of dining together.
Phil and I headed to Nottingham last week, where we met up with his parents to enjoy a meal at Prezzo on Low Pavement in the city centre. We had empty tummies ready to fill with their mouth-watering La Famiglia Feast, including:
- Garlic pizza bread (with or without mozzarella)
- A La Famiglia sharing bowl. You choose from Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara or Penne Alla Rusticana
- 4 sorbets or ice creams
- 4 soft drinks
The La Famiglia Feast as per the Prezzo website is £30 and doesn’t include drinks, but does include a choice of side dishes.
Unfortunately for me, the only vegetarian option for the main pasta dish is the penne arrabiata, which is a chilli-based dish. I’m not a fan of chilli and the kids certainly wouldn’t be able to tolerate it, so I ordered a starter to come out with the pasta. I would have liked to have seen an additional vegetarian option, even if it was simply to have one of the creamy dishes without meat, because I then missed out on the main element of the meal. The others chose the carbonara and thoroughly enjoyed the huge portion that appeared in the middle of the table! Both Toby and Martha tucked in, yet with them and 3 adults there was still some left over – plenty to go around a family of adults.
I enjoyed my baked mushroom starter and then afterwards we picked a selection of ice creams, which of course Toby simply had to try all of!
I think that the concept of the La Famiglia dish is a lovely one, and certainly there was a lovely atmosphere around being wowed at the size of the dish and the sharing element of fishing everyone’s portions up. Sadly, the two ladies who served us weren’t particularly friendly or attentive and as I’ve mentioned, the vegetarian option wasn’t suitable, but the idea is a great one and certainly something I’d be keen to go back for again should they add more veggie-friendly options.
We walked in and rolled out thanks to very generous portions – Martha crashed out completely – and the quality of the food was good. I’ve always been a fan of Prezzo restaurants so although the staff weren’t amazing, I’ll certainly visit other restaurants around our area again in the future.
** This post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo. We received a voucher to cover the cost of the La Famiglia feast (excluding my starter) in exchange for this post, all words and opinions are my own **