Italian Passions: where’s your favourite Cardiff Italian restaurant?

March 18, 2010 9 Comments »
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Where can you get the best italian food in Cardiff?

It started, as so many things do these days, with a throwaway comment on twitter – that Jamie’s Italian is now the best Italian restaurant in the whole of Cardiff.

With dozens of Italian restaurants and cafés across the city, this is quite a bold statement to make.  The South Wales area benefitted hugely from the influx of Italian immigrants, seeking to make a new life, after the Second World War (my family among them) and their legacy can be seen in the eateries that populate the area.

So is a young man from Essex really making the best Italian food?  Tutored by the late Rose Gray at The River Café, and that other newcomer to the Cardiff food scene, Antonio Carluccio, he certainly has the right credentials.

In less than a week, hundreds of Welsh and Italian rugby fans will be descending on the city, and with a 2.30pm kick-off, many will be sampling the delights of the city, filling their bellies before heading to the stadium.

I throw it open to you, what is your favourite Italian in Cardiff? Can the new Jamie’s and Carluccio’s really match up to “how mamma makes it”? And where will you be eating on match day?

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9 Comments

  1. Richard March 18, 2010 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Casnova.

  2. GC_ March 18, 2010 at 11:24 am - Reply

    My favorite was Savastano's on North Road, right by the flyover. It's now closed – what happened to them?

  3. @Cardiff_Blogger March 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Jamie's Italian is the best by far. I've been to quite a few good ones in Cardiff but Jamie's is on a whole new level

  4. @sioden March 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Pizzaria Villagio in Whitchurch is the best Italian in Cardiff. Run and staffed by 3 if not 4 generations of the same Italian family. Fabulous food, great atmosphere and great people.

  5. @lisamacario March 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Ate at both Jamie’s and Scalini’s in the same week. Enjoyed Jamie’s but Scalini’s (near Roath Park) was something else. The food was amazing and service faultless. Michel Roux at the next table so must be good.

  6. @jamierussell March 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Not Giovanni's.

  7. Italian Food Guru April 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    C'mon guys, Jamies Italian is a franchise that he has nothing more to do with other than cash in on his name, good luck to him. Being a native Italian neither Jamies or Carluccios stack up to how good or real, proper Italian food is.

    It's funny watching all the chavs having their pictures taken outside Jamies,, they must have saved up all month for their £14 mediocre dishes. LOL

  8. Italian Food Guru April 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    C'mon guys, Jamies Italian is a franchise that he has nothing more to do with other than cash in on his name, good luck to him. Being a native Italian neither Jamies or Carluccios stack up to how good or real, proper Italian food is.

  9. cristyn March 14, 2011 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Scalini's & Casanova's

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