Very kindly, my mother and I were invited back to Bella Italia in Colliers Wood – a good will gesture after an unfortunately, disappointing previous experience on Mother’s Day earlier this month.
On Friday evening, we revisited the branch and my, my… what a difference! From the greeting we received upon entering, to the thank you’s and goodbye’s when we left, everything was outstanding. We were seated swiftly and offered recommendations on the best cocktails/wines from our wonderfully charming waiter, Jacob. Drinks arrived shortly after we ordered and our starter swiftly followed.
Jacob was extremely knowledgeable of the menu, again offering recommendations and information as to how selected dishes on the menu are as authentic as possible. We decided on the Alpino Antipasto Board to share. I love Italian cured meats but have not yet treated myself to a sharing board in a restaurant – I’ve been missing out, this was divine! A wonderful difference from choosing quite a hearty starter which fills me up instantly therefore not leaving much space for my main, instead this was refreshingly satisfying with phenomenal flavours, washed down beautifully with my large glass of Pinot Grigio! I would highly recommend this dish.
Mains consisted of steaks from both my mum & myself. I know what you’re thinking, “you went to an Italian restaurant and ordered steak?”, well I have been to Bella many times and have tried a number of things on the menu but not yet the steak. I opted for the 8oz Sirloin, cooked well-done with roasted new potatoes and peppercorn sauce whilst Mummy Thomas chose the 5oz Rump, cooked medium-well with chips and a mushroom sauce. Both steaks were cooked absolutely to perfection, it was quite honestly oozing with flavour and all round delciousness (yes, that is now a word!). We accompanied our steaks by sharing a rocket and parmesan salad glazed with balsamic vinegar – so simple, yet so tasty and incredibly moreish.
In the spirit of trying new things, Jacob (very easily) convinced us to go for desert. I already knew what I wanted to try which was the Cookie Dough Lava cake – a deliciously, moist chocolate cookie cake with melted chocolate inside served with vanilla ice cream on top. Perfect for someone with a sweet tooth like me! Mum isn’t one for rich deserts and instead went for an ice cream sundae known as Big Tony – filled with fudge brownies, chocolate and vanilla flavoured ice cream, chocolate sauce and a number of other chocolately accompaniments. Unfortunately for me, mum wasn’t a team player and literally scoffed it down before I had a chance! It must’ve been a good choice.
We finished off the meal with another glass of pinot for myself whilst mum went for a soothing espresso.
I would like to thank the management at Bella Italia and the staff at the Colliers Wood branch for re-inviting us back. It’s fantastic to see the feedback we gave had been taken on board and the difference was outstanding. The staff looked a lot happier and confident and the food was exceptional. Before leaving we thanked Jacob for his excellent service and also thanked Paul (their General Manager) for being so accommodating. We will most definitely be returning – I am keen to try the breakfast next time!