It's been quite a while since my first visit to Pirandello, and I've been a few times since then. I was extremely impressed on my first visit but when I heard that the chef had changed I was a little concerned as one of the big plusses for me was the authentic Italian cuisine. Needless worry as it turned out. Although the menu appeared a little smaller there was still plenty to tempt my taste buds. I started with a plate of cold meats ( my usual starter there). Was there any difference? It tasted just as good, but the addition of freshly baked bread together with a choice of olive oils to dip it in made as much of a difference as the extremely well presented dish (I had previously been happy with a plate with some meat dumped on it - still tasty but....). For a change I had the 8oz Ribeye (rare) with chunky chips, a nice mixed salad, all topped off with a little pot of garlic butter. Stunning. Steak exactly as I had ordered. I cheekily had a dip of my wife's blue cheese and pancetta sauce (mmmmmmm!) and followed that up with a couple of dips into my Father-in-Law's Madeira and mushroom sauce (delicious if a little rich for my palate). Finished off with a tasty and freshly made lime & ginger cheesecake.
Differences between my last visits and my latest.... The service was superb, very attentive and personable (the restaurant wasn't too busy but I had the impression from the few other diners that this was the norm). Price wasn't the cheapest but by no means expensive (value for money - definitely, especially as Father-in-Law paid (thank you very much)). All in all, they've managed to up their already impressive game. I would recommend this to anyone who likes authentic Italian food, good service, in a clean and well-presented venue. One of Cheltenham's best kept secrets.
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