Casa Italia has been on my list of places to visit for quite a while now as it has been recommended to me by quite a few people. So while I was in Liverpool doing a bit of shopping I had to call in and finally get it reviewed.
Casa Italia is located down a side street just near the Met Quarter, it isn’t a place that you are going to pass on the main street while out on a shopping trip.
When we arrived it was about 3:30pm and we had to wait wait for a table for a few minutes at the door. I have to admit, when I was stood there waiting for the table, it wasn’t how I had pictured it to be. I pictured it to be a really posh place inside, but it was nothing like that. It had plastic chequered table clothes and a look of an Italian cafe rather than a restaurant. However, with it being quite basic and being really busy, I knew the food was going to be good!
We were seated, given a menu and the drinks taken straight away. I went for a Moretti beer and Emma got a glass of white wine. The drinks then came back in about 2 minutes and we ordered the food.
While we were waiting for the food I decided that even though it was basic inside it had an authentic Italian feel to it which so many other Italians (especially chain restaurants like Prezzo) lack. There was an Italian family behind us, all the waiters were Italian and the decor had a rustic Italian feel to it. It was also quite warm inside, so for this brief time I actually felt like I was in Italy and not in Liverpool.
For starters we went for some bread to share. This wasn’t how I had expected it to arrive. I was picturing a big flat bread with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto on top. However, it was alright and luckily for me Emma didn’t like the bread so I got to eat most of that.
I have to say, this was a pretty nice lasagna. It is actually a dish I have never ordered out a restaurant. I think it’s because I have had it at home a lot. I would have to put it up there with the best lasagnas I have ever had. I would recommend this to anyone.
Emma went for the spag bolognese. This is her favourite dish and I would class her as an expert in dish haha and she claimed that although it was nice the one at Jamie’s Italian, Frankie and Bennie’s and the one at Amalia (link here) were all nicer. I didn’t get to try a bit so I can’t comment.
Even though I was stuffed I decided to try and force down a dessert. I went for the panacotta and I have to say it was pretty poor. This was definitely bought in and not freshly made. It looked to perfect and was pretty bland in taste. Emma got some Ice Cream which was alright. Not the best place for desserts, stick to the mains.
- Service: Fast and efficient for how busy it was. A lot of waiters serving.
- Atmosphere: A really good atmosphere. It felt very authentic.
- Food: Great starters and mains but the desserts were poor.
- Cost: Not bad
Website – http://www.thecasaitalia.com/
Have you been to Casa Italia before? What did you think of it? Leave a comment in the box below and let me know.
Date of visit: Saturday the 24th of May 2014