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The food and drink round up

Great pizza in the north end and other news and tips of an eating and beverage nature

Published on November 4th 2010.


The food and drink round up

MICRO REVIEW – The Little Pizza Kitchen, Waterloo

For ages, we at Confidential have been bemoaning the lack of decent restaurants north of Princes Dock. The further up Regent Road you go, into and beyond the famous Bootle smell, the less likely you are to find meaningful sustenance. And that stinks.

So we were delighted to discover that former Filini chef Alex, an avid Confidential reader, was not only taking note of our whinging on the matter, when we reviewed The Fat Italian in Crosby last year, but decided to act on it. And hey presto! at the end of March he opened a pizza restaurant to rival any we've been to in recent times.

The Little Pizza Kitchen might be absolutely tiny with its handful of tables, but for anyone desperate for cracking Italian food it's a big slice of joy.

Just last week, it branched out from the usual and is now serving up pea whack risotto, roasted cod loin and garlic chicken among the array of pastas and anti pasti. And all made right there and then.

And the pizzas are very good. Did we mention that? Especially the Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable number (£8.95), with a ricotta cheese base, balsamic syrup and gorgeous thick slices of roasted aubergine, courgette and garlic spinach.

We also tried the oven baked lasagne (£7.95). Whether they were spoiling us on purpose, or trying to scare the old ticker into stopping, is debatable but the portion was massive with lashings of cheesy bechamel sauce and a tasty meaty filling. In case we were still hungry, the dish came with a crispy fresh side salad and a wodge of rosemary scented roasted new potatoes.

Tiramisu was made to order on the spot, without marsala for the kids, and when we finally recovered from all this, and the fact that children get a homemade two course meal and a drink for £5.95 we thought we'd better tell you about it, So give The Little Pizza Kitchen a go next time you are up that way.

Little Pizza Kitchen, 44 St Johns Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 9NX. 0151 286 1299.

www.littlepizzakitchen.wordpress.com

Porto grill

EX-PAT citizen of Porto, Pedro Almeida, is determined not to miss outon his native city's biggest day of festivities.

Late June is when the historic Iberian city on the sea celebratestheir patron Saint Joao (that's John the Baptist to you and me). Themerry-making goes on all day and all night and evidently includes adance during which participants hit each other on over the head withleeks.

Chances are the only leeks on display at Pedro's Portugese cafe onRodney Street, Liverpool city centre, will be basted in olive oil andlaid on the grill.

For Pedro is marking the day with a special barbecue on the afternoonand evening of June 27. Delights on offer will include charcoalgrilled sardines, pork ribs and chicken breast with Café Porto’s own barbecue sauce.

Porto’s most famous exporto – Port – will not be on offer if onlybecause Café Porto does not have a licence – yet! But you could alwaysbring your own for a modest corkage fee.

Birthday bash
It's a happy 10th birthday to one of Liverpool's better known restaurants, 60 Hope Street.

As part of its ongoing celebrations, they have created a very tempting offer: Fish and chips and a bottle of locally brewed Baltic Gold beer for just

£10 per person, and the little 'uns get theirs for just a fiver, which includes a glass of fruit juice.

The offer is valid Monday to Friday 12 - 2.30pm in the Restaurant and Monday to Saturday 5 – 10.30pm in the Bistro. Call 0151 707 6060.

If you don't do fish and chips, there's also a three course, Best of British menu for £18.95. It includes such delights as Wirral watercress soup and Cumbrian bacon chop with pease pudding but sadly there is no place for the beloved British hangover classic of sausage, egg and baked beans with lashings of brown sauce. Shame.

Filling groovy
The nation has sounded three cheers for cheese. The classic combo of cheddar cheese and chunky pickle has reclaimed its crown from the BLT as the UK's favourite sandwich.

According to a poll of 3,000 people, Britain's sarnie army simply isn't interested in exotica like pastrami and gherkin or king prawn and avocado, preferring simpler options such as cheese and egg.

Indeed, egg mayo came in second with the nation's former favourite, BLT (or was that DLT?), pushed back into third place, according to Aldi's top butty boffins. Tuna mayonnaise and cheese and tomato complete the top five most popular sandwiches.

*A sadly-no-more newsagent on Old Hall Street used to do egg and onion sandwiches which one Confidential contributor couldn't get enough of. What's your favourite unconventional filling? No prizes but funny looks all round for the weirdest suggestion.

A Mars a day

Yet another survey suggests office workers get through more than 2,000 junk food snacks at their desks every year.

This equates to an artery-choking 94,117 chocolate bars, biscuits, sweets, cakes, pastries, fizzy drinks, packets of crisps, Pot Noodles and other really bad stuff over the average working lifetime of 44.5 years.

According to our (completely unscientific) calculations that works out at a bite of Mars Bar, or equivalent, per person, every 36 key strokes. It also means that of the desk-bound operative's average 14 incoming work-related calls per day, at least five will be answered with a mouthful of cheese and onion crisps.

With so much time spent unwrapping chocolate bars, this barely leaves time for emailing your friends, finding the cheapest internet holiday and flicking elastic bands at that irritating woman in marketing. Oh, and work of course.

Summer nights
Filini, the Italian restaurant based at Liverpool’s Radisson BLU Hotel, have created a range of new dishes designed to complement the summer nights. Executive Head Chef Anthony Dunbar and the Filini team have included octopus salad, air-dried beef and asparagus and spinach soup among them.

Dunbar has also added his stamp of experience to Filini’s secondi menu, incorporating the tastes of rustic Italy with a modern twist, such as the veal escalope with Parma ham, sage, spinach and Marsala sauce and chargrilled tuna with Amalfi salad – fennel, orange and cucumber.

Other treats include the new Saffron and Radicchio risotto with grilled king scallops and sage butter.

Filini, Radisson BLU Hotel Liverpool, call 0151 966 1500.

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Little ItalyJune 5th 2009.

I have just come back from the Little Pizza Kitchen and am delighted to report that the food was bang-on. It is probably the smallest restaurant on Earth, but Alex is packing the place out. Well done!

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