Review: Piccolino, Stockton Heath

sh - terraceI was recently invited to try out the newly refurbished Piccolino restaurant in Stockton Heath. It is a place I have eaten at many times in the past, so I certainly wasn’t going to say no!

When we arrived we were given a quick tour of what had changed and I have to say I was very impressed with it. There is now more of a bar area downstairs meaning that you can just pop in for a drink. You could always do this before, but there was never a dedicated bar area and you felt like you were standing right next to a table who were trying to enjoy a meal.  The seats also look a lot comfier! They have also taken over Ala Turk which was next door and have converted part of this into the roof top terrace which is where I requested to sit as it looked pretty cool from the pictures that were sent over to me.

We were shown to our table and sat at the far end of the roof top terrace. Unfortunately it was raining so the retractable roof was closed but it was still really nice up there! We had a heater on as well but with it already being warm I requested this was turned off as it was already pretty warm outside.

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The waiter came over and took our drinks and brought us the menus and talked us through the specials. Usually I always go for pizzas in Italian restaurants but the waiter really sold the ribeye beef that was on specials. Apparently its only been corn fed its whole life and was meant to be amazing. He was also saying how all the staff had to taste everything on the menu and he said this steak was their favourite. Not sure if it was due to the fact it was £28 a steak, or whether it was that good, but I decided to try it, as did Emma!

Anyway, back to the starters before I talk about the main course!

For my starter I decided to go for the truffle pasta as truffle is something I have never had which people seem to rave about. Emma went for the crab ravioli.

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For the truffle starter they actually come out and the waiter shaved part of the truffle over the pasta at the table. I thought this was pretty cool. As for the taste of the starter? Maybe I had hyped up the taste of truffle too much…. it was nice, but not amazing!

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Emma’s crab starter was really nice! I preferred this over mine and would definitely recommend it.

While waiting for the main course I ordered another beer and we both people watched as being sat on the terrace is great for this. We also noticed a lot of people were looking up at the terrace as its only been open a few weeks but I can imagine it being really popular. By the time our mains had arrived the terrace was almost full!

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When the steak arrived it looked really nice and even though we had picked the smaller one it was plenty big enough. The steak came with chips which were very nice but I would have liked the portion to have been slightly bigger. There was also a choice of sauce with the steak and we both decided to go for the garlic butter. I ended up using the garlic sauce more for the chips. The steak was amazing though and it was definitely one of the best steaks I have ever had.

Even though we were both full we decided that we would go ahead and order a dessert.

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I went for the lemon cheesecake and when it arrived it was quite small, but I then realised that it was the perfect sized portion, especially after already having a starter and a massive steak!

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Emma went for a chocolate dessert that came with ice cream. We swapped desserts for a bit so that we could try each others. I think my favourite was the cheesecake! The chocolate one was good though! With the desserts I also ordered some truffles and a coffee. I was well and truly stuffed by the end of the meal.

Overall, the bill came to about £108.

  • Service: Can’t fault the service. Well mannered staff who knew the menu very well. We were very well looked after.
  • Atmosphere: Really liked being sat on the roof top terrace. Felt like I was on holiday for a short time (shame about the British weather though haha)
  • Food: Amazing steak!
  • Cost: Not the cheapest place, but you get what you pay for. Happy to pay high prices if the food is good!

Website – http://www.individualrestaurants.com/piccolino/

Would I return here again? Yes! I have been many times before, and now that it has been done up it is even better.

Date of visit: August 2015

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