Mancia - a restaurant review
HU5 is home to plenty of neighbourhood restaurants - small, friendly, family run places loved by locals and less well know among people from outside the postcode.
The latest of these eateries is Mancia on Newland Avenue.
I first noticed Mancia pop up in a couple of local Facebook groups and thought the food looked amazing. I love Southern Italian cooking and this restaurant specialises in Sicilian cuisine, so I knew I had to try it.
We booked in at 7pm on Saturday and weren't really sure what to expect! The restaurant is in a former cafe and looks pretty small from the outside.
|Ready for food!|
On first appearances, the restaurant looked fresh and modern, it was tiled white and decorated with lovely shelves of pots. The dining room is pretty small, so it's no wonder they're always fully booked, with the chef cooking in an open area at the back of the room.
When we arrived we gave our name to the waitress, who was a lovely, motherly Italian woman. She showed us to our table and handed us some menus. The restaurant is BYOB so we brought along our own bottle of Prosecco, which she took and opened for us - causing chaos in the restaurant when it went off with a bang and the cork landed somewhere in the kitchen!
The menu is made up of traditional small plates (which you can have as tapas or as a starter), pizzas and pasta dishes, with a small dessert and soft drinks menu, too.
The waitress soon took our order; we decided to share a couple of small plates and a pizza, and leave some room for dessert - which were homemade and looked really tasty on the photos I'd seen.We plumped for the meatballs (£7) and the arancini made with mackerel, sweet potato, rosemary, chilli and mascarpone (£6), with a Norma pizza (£10), made with fried aubergine, ricotta, basil and extra virgin olive oil to follow.
|We were too busy eating to photograph the whole pizza...|
|The delicious desserts|