19th April 2013
On arrival at Pranzare in Concord, Washington, we were met by the owner, Giuseppe, who welcomed us with a cheery smile, as I’m sure he does every customer, as we had yet to introduce ourselves. We had the choice of any table we wanted, although, to be honest, we were quite surprised to see how busy it was, so there wasn’t much choice. We went on a Tuesday night, and the restaurant was very busy; we would find out why a little later.
We chose to sit near the kitchen so we could be as close as possible to the lovely smells that were wafting across the restaurant, each time the door opened as staff were busy ferrying the beautifully cooked freshly made Italian food.
We were offered the drinks menu when we sat down, we opted for a glass of house wine as we perused the extensive menu. As you would expect, it had every pasta and pizza you can think of that a successful Italian restaurant would have, plus many meat and fish dishes.
After serving the wine we were given about 15 minutes to choose our food, and following the explanation of the specials on the blackboards on the restaurant walls, we both chose from them. I had the Mixed Seafood Sauté which was like a thin soup with a menagerie of fish and shellfish for £7.50 and Stephen had 4 large meat-stuffed mushrooms which was called Funghi Diavola for £3.95. We tried each other’s and both were delicious.
For our main course we had, again from the Specials, Risotto Carne for £8.95; fluffy risotto rise and a selection of red meats, including chorizo. Stephen had Seabass Cartoccio and chips for £13.95. The seabass was steamed in tin foil with white wine and was beautifully cooked to perfection by the Head Chef, Michaele.
After about half an hour to let our food settle, we really didn’t think we could manage anything else, but we had deserts that Giuseppe, the Sicilian owner, recommended, as they were made on the premises that very day. I had Torta Della Nonna, which is a lemon cheesecake and Stephen had Cheesecake Monterosa, made the proper Italian way; a sponge base, rather than biscuit base. Both were only £3.95.
Pranzare is a gem of a restaurant. If you buy one of our vouchers for £20 you could push the boat out and try something special instead of a pizza, as good as they looked, as your £40 will go a long way.
All the prices above are the normal price, but half them if you use one of our vouchers J
Thanks to all the staff that made us welcome. They couldn’t have been more attentive to all the tables the night we went in, I’m sure they’re just the same with everyone who goes through their door. It was great to meet Michaele a true Italian chef who knows how to cook his Motherland’s food to perfection, to waiter Charles, and owner Giuseppe and everyone else we met.
Posted by Simon at 3:55pm