L’Ulivo is a little authentic Italian restaurant on Chillingham Road serving brunch, lunch & dinner with Proper Italian Pizza, none of these cheap 3 courses for £5 deals. Personally, I’d rather eat a proper pizza like this!
This was our second visit after we went last year when I wasn’t a vegan. The vegan options are quite limited but I was aware of that so didn’t mind as I already decided what to have before I even arrived. (Standard!)
(Please accept my apologies for lighting in the pics, I am so excited for the light nights so I can get better evening food snaps!!!!!!!!!)
To start we shared Garlic Bread £3.50 (vegan one is just with garlic & extra virgin olive oil), Pane, olive e grissini £5.50 – homemade bread, mixed olives and bread sticks & Calamari Fritti £5.95. The garlic bread is amazing! The dough is everything you want in a dough. They get their ingredients imported from Italy too which adds to the authenticity, quality and why you’re paying a little extra.
I had the Marinara £6.95 – tomato sauce, garlic, oregano and basil and I added on olives, peppers and spinach. Considering the pizza had no cheese on it was really good. Again, the base is perfect and doughy as well as being ever so slightly crisp. I enjoyed the toppings I added and drizzled on some chilli oil too. The chips (£2.95) oh lorrrrrrrdy, the best kinda chips. Homemade, delicious and moreish. It’s nice to see places actually making their own chips instead of buying in frozen (you can always tell!)
My mam had Fregola ai Gamberi £7.95 – typical Sardinia pasta balls served with prawns. Considering the quality and size of the prawns, you can’t complain for the price of this dish! I obviously didn’t try the prawns but they looked unreal, prawns were my fave thing and will deffo be what I slip up on as a vegan; am I allowed to say that lol oh well yolo.
My mam really enjoyed her dish and said it was lovely; the prawns were fab and she enjoyed the pasta balls. She just wished there was a lemony water bowl for her fingers after pulling the prawn tails off.
My dad had Malloreddus Campidanese £7.95 – typical Sardinia pasta served with tomato sauce and Italian sausage. My dad said his pasta was beautiful and the best pasta he has had for a long time.
I didn’t have dessert but my parents had Tiramisu and we can’t remember the name of the other one but they enjoyed both along with their coffees!
We all really enjoyed our second visit here and will definitely be trying brunch and lunch at some point! The service is friendly and attentive but not intrusive for a small venue.
Drinks: – (just soft ones)
Would I return: Yep!