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WEB Piccolino’s Italian Restaurant York
Usually on or day off we like to try sample local attractions, restaurants bars and venues so that we can give our customers ideas before they arrive.
Last night Russ and i visited Piccolinos in York. What a lovely restaurant with an upmarket continental feel. It is an ideal restaurant to visit for that “special meal”. It is a little pricey but the fact that everything is freshly made including the pasta and desserts one would expect to pay the price for high quality cuisine.
We shared a a Garlic bread with Tomato £4.50. This was very thin and crispy but packed with flavour
Russ had Veal Escalope with chestnut mushrooms and a Marsala sauce £17.50. it looked delicious and certainly Russ approved
I had Crispy roast duck with honey roasted apples and and a Valpolicella red wine sauce. £14.95. I cannot decribe how tasty it was. 2 large confit of duck sat on 4 delicately honey flavoured apple quarters, the sauce was sticky sweet with a hint of a liquorice flavour. The confit was well cooked, tender and crispy.
Unfortunately the main courses are not served with any side dishes at all. These are extra at £3.75 per portion i would highly recommend the creamy mash.
To round the meal off I enjoyed a delicious desert of Roasted fruits and marscapone cheese crostini
Russ had an extremely rich drippy chocolate fudge sponge with vanilla ice cream
finished with a frothy cappuccino.
I would definitely suggest an advance reservation if you wish to visit the restaurant whilst in York
Other restaurants in York
My sister Pam and I went to the Merchant Adventurers Hall on Wednesday 16th June for a local food/drink networking event. There were several local businesses with samples of their produce. I think my favourite had to be the homemade chocolates… so unusual. eg Yorkshire Curd or Blackcurrant. The creator is Little Pretty Things and well worth taking some of her chocolates home with you. They also do chocolate workshops and partys etc visit her website here http://www.littleprettything.co.uk/about-us/contact-little-pretty-things
York Brewery also had a stall there. Take a tour of the brewery and sample some of their beers. Pam and I were driving, so sadley we had to decline 🙁
The Yorkhire Food Company is situated on Micklegate Hill just around the corner from The York Brewery. It has a small coffee shop style area where you can buy a freshly prepared meal, it also has a deli serving locally sourced produce. Pam and I often go here just for a coffee and a cake. Its a nice place to relax especially after the Brewery Tour. Thy had a selection of different flavoured sausages I think my favourite had to be the pork and black pudding.
The cheese stall had a selection of local cheeses. My favourite was the Yorkshire Blue. OMG it was so delicous I shall be treating myself the next time I visit there.
www.deliyork.co.uk. Interestingly they offer picnics to go if you need
Another interesting thing to do whilst in York is take some lessons at The Cooking Rooms. http://www.thecookingrooms.com/
Russ keeps telling me I need some lessons so perhaps this might be on my Christams list. Ill keep you posted
After nearly 80 years of trading the Priory Hotel in York is rebranding to be called The York Priory. As from January 2008 we were no longer able to call ourselves a hotel as we do not provide an evening meal. We are now classed as a 4 star guesthouse. Over the years the hotel has been expanded, improved, developed and changed. After 19 years of struggling to keep a restaurant open and running we had to close it in 2003. This was a very sad decision for us but with the rising costs and yearly losses the restaurant was draining all investments and improvements scheduled for the bedrooms etc.
Now 2008 we are about to embark on our next phase of improvements and although we are sad to change the hotel name if we had stayed in the hotel branding we would have only ever been able to achieve a 1 or 2 star hotel.
We decided that York Priory is more fitting for the grand old building that has been in my family for years. We are to big to be an intimate small guesthouse and to small to compete with large hotels that are now so dominant in York.