Reserved: Sergios Restaurant

Nestled down some dingy steps at the bottom of Bristol’s Park Street, the warm and cosy Italian Restaurant of Sergios opens its arms and welcomes you cheerily, like a lovable Italian grandfather. Upon entering, the authentic atmosphere feels rather like you have joined a lively Italian birthday party – wonderful smells are spilling from the kitchen, and the team of beaming waiters are delighted to show you to your table and offer their own advice on top choices and specials. The decor is noticeably quirky; a dozen or so non-matching lampshades cast a warm golden glow over the crammed knobbly chairs and tables, each adorned with fresh colourful flowers. The room is relaxed, with a pleasant rustic feel, operating on two different levels and seating a total of 95. I can’t help feeling, as we open our wine, that we’ve stumbled across a real treat.

The menu (different every day depending on the stock of local produce) is scrawled in chalk on every wall. There’s a wide mixture of some traditional classics – pasta and pizza in extremely generous portion sizes– as well as some more meaty options. Chicken breast wrapped in pancetta with blue cheese sauce is a best seller. A fish lover is spoilt for choice with monkfish, scallops and salmon all served in fresh and delicious ways. There are also some more unusual meat choices such as ostrich with marsala wine sauce for the more adventurous. I chose a creamy farfalle pasta with salmon, while my partner opted for a crispy ‘Americano picante’ pizza. Delicious! The pudding menu is equally inviting: the famous home-made tiramisu with double cream looks wonderful, but we settled for dinky espressos to complete our meal. No one serves fresh coffee like the Italians.

Sergios is friendly and rustic, and makes you feel miles away from Bristol as you indulge. It’s ideal for an authentic pre-theatre supper, being a convenient stone’s throw away from The Hippodrome and Colston Hall. It’s usually totally packed, testament to the wonderful dining experience within, so be sure to book in advance.

 

About the author

Rozzy Unwin is an English Literature finalist at Bristol University, currently Arts Editor of the Student Newspaper, co-presenter of a weekly student radio show and extraordinarily fond of all things theatrical.

 

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