My Italian cousin recommended Route 5 to me as she knows that having lived in Rome for 15 years, I know what good, authentic traditional and modern Italian dishes should be. I can honestly say that I've not found better cooking in the length and breadth of Italy. To have it on my doorstep in Southend on Sea is almost unbelievable. We eat there at least once a week and apart from the excellence of the food, the owners Stefano and Frederica make every visit special. The food is cooked fresh for each order and so it isn't instant - but the wait is certainly worth it. Fabulous food and friendly, personal service. They certainly deserve their award as Best English Italian restaurant.
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