Rating (3.5/5) Rach and I have been to Prezzo many times, we have been for…
Rach and I had finished work on a Tuesday and as we had both had a busy day neither of us really felt like cooking. We were given a £20 voucher for Jamie’s Italian in Nottingham so thought we would give it a go.
We had been before with family and really enjoyed it, so we were both looking forward to it. It’s usually quieter going to a restaurant mid-week, which does often mean the service is a little slower. (less of a need for staff)
The location is not bad, the restaurant is on Low Pavement street which is near the Broadmarsh shopping centre. There are a few other restaurants on the same road such as Prezzo and Carluccio’s. Continuing further up you get into more of the lace market area, where there are a few nice bars such as Pitcher & Piano and All Bar One. If you were to go for a drink after, I would recommend Pitcher & Piano for a couple.
The tram stop is just up from Jamie’s, as well as a taxi rank and fletcher gate car park if you were coming in via car.
Rach and I did just have a starter and a main, we had a little look at the dessert menu but if I am honest there was nothing that really took my fancy that day. Jamie’s Italian do offer a varied selection of desserts but didn’t really fancy any at the time.
The starter was a grilled bruschetta that was then topped with smooth chicken-liver pate with Parmesan sprinkled on the top. It also came with a couple of pieces of cooked pancetta. The starter was actually very tasty and to me was a fairly large started but that didnt stop me eating it all 🙂
I love pork belly or as it should be called belly pork 🙂
It was cooked slowly can you could tell as it was very tender with very little fat, the skin was also nice and crispy. The belly pork was filled with garlic, chilli and herbs which gave it a nice little kick but was not overpowering. The meat came with roasted root veg, apple sauce and salsa verde which also tasted very nice and went well I thought with the pork.
I would recommend both the starter and the main that I had, as they were very nice and I don’t personally think they were too expensive for what you got.
The service I thought was okay, although as it was a mid-week dinner I do think less staff were on as it’s quieter. In the room that we were in there was only one waitress, although she was very friendly and always had a smile even though you could tell she was busy.
I think if you are going to book mid-week then you have to expect there to be less staff on than if you was to go on a Friday or a Saturday.
The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is very good, I find the tables are spaced enough apart. The decor of the restaurant is also very nice, some online have said that it looks old and worn but I do think that adds to the charm.
It is worth knowing that Jamie’s Italian is a chain, even though the food tasted great you still knew that it was a chain and food that you had at this restaurant would be the same as food that you had at another Jamie’s Italian.
Some people online have complained that it is expensive and they charge what they want because it uses the Jamie Oliver name. Personally I don’t actually think it is that expensive for what you do get, portions are decent sizes and the food does taste very good.
Overall I would recommend Jamie’s Italian in Nottingham and don’t think you would be disappointed with the food. If you are looking for some nice Italian food with a good selection then I don’t think you can go wrong here 🙂
Address: 24-26 Low Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DL
Phone: 0115 822 1421
I have enjoyed cooking for some years now, its one of the only things that I can do that makes me relaxed and forget any worries I have. I love trying new foods and visiting restaurants. Other hobbies include writing, game development and work :)