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Gone Right Off Italian Food.

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by rich79, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. RedKen

    RedKen Mr Potato Head

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    It's one reason I don't eat out. Can't do with paying silly prices for something which has cost a few pence to put together.
     
  2. Gunfun

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    I only go to restaurants occasionally, mainly on reconnaissance missions to find very good dishes to then copy at home for a fraction of the price. I find it just as romantic wining and dining a girl at home (if you make the effort) as taking them out, at least you can listen to your own music, eat at your own pace and it always helps getting tipsy when your cooking. Plus girls really seem to like a man cooking especially for them, although they will try to interfere with the cooking and recipe!
    Another thing is when you cook at home you're probably also using better quality ingredients than most of the restaurants use.
    And talking of going out, I was in Gaucho's last week in Manchester and was amazed when my godson ordered a £48 steak, and the chips were a fiver extra! I was happy I managed to get out of there for less than £50, they were good steaks though.
     
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  3. RedKen

    RedKen Mr Potato Head

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    A fiver for chips!!!!!! £48 for a steak!!!!!!!! I'd have shat in my pants!
     
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    Same sentiments as me Ken when I opened the menu, then I thought (swear word) it, you only live once. Anyway now I know what a top quality Argentine steak is, I can attempt to track down a similar quality of steak from Smithfield Market, Rhug Estate or similar farm suppliers for a fraction of the price.
     
  5. RagnarHairybreeks

    RagnarHairybreeks Keyboard Hero

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    All of those food threads.....

    Tonight I have friends around so will be searing some ribeye, slicing it into strips and serving over penne with a fried tomato (with garlick and fresh ripped basil) and marscapone sauce. Garlick bread and a spinach salad on the side.

    Italian. Sod the tiny portions, I expect to be a full bloater at the end of the evening. A couple of bottles of Malbec and a couple of Stellenbosch to wash it all down with.
     
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  6. stevemandm

    stevemandm Honorary Member

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    love italian i do ....

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  7. RagnarHairybreeks

    RagnarHairybreeks Keyboard Hero

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    Oh good god yes. Even in small portions.
     
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    What is "supper"? Is it the same as tea?
     
  9. UnionJackJackson

    UnionJackJackson Donator

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    Supper? A light evening meal, usually following a big lunch. Or very traditionally after a proper English tea :)
     
  10. bluemonkey

    bluemonkey Busy Member

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    If you want real Italian food with real Italian portions you need to take a trip to my wife's restaurant in Tamworth. She's TripAdvisor number 1 restaurant in Tamworth and last year was voted 4th best Italian restaurant in the UK by the Italian food and drink awards. Shameless plug over lol
     
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  11. oedbachgen

    oedbachgen Major Poster

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    Good old British fish and chips for me, and that's take away.
     
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    Would that be Rhug Estate on the way to Betsy ? Do a blooming good sausage sarnie!
     
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    Does she serve post opera vodka spaghetti with caviar? :)
     
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    Nope but I bet I could find you a fishy smelling drunk singing in the street if that's close enough?
     
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    Only happens in poncified eateries. I tried one (Italian) in Harrogate a few years ago and moaned, complained, bitched, bellyached and whined, my carving knife got embarrassed, I told them and her I wasn't wasting my Bees & Honey (money) on that.
    I eventually got fed and a free beer as an apology. Never went back. I believe it was Zizzi's but don't hold me to that.
     
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    Wrapped in Newspaper :thumb:
     
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    I think eating out in general is overpriced for what you actually get. Even eating in these "Gastro pubs" (that would be a fancy pub that sells food :rolleyes:) you get charged a fortune for not much. We ate in one & the chips came in a cup ! There were about 6 chips, ridiculous !!!
     
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    Well over here in the US I have experienced hit and miss on Italian meals, we have a chain called Olive Garden who advertise endless Garlic Bread or salad, the main meal is not too bad for a restaurant Chain. I was in a small town in NY state one time and they had superb Italian restaurants very reasonably priced and big portions the Baked Ziti was to die for.

    Now Fish and Chips here (I grew up in Norfolk and was spoilt for good chippies), in Colorado where first lived there were no good chippies, on one trip I was in Lewes Delaware and there was a place called Go Fish ran by a Londoner, that was almost like home. Here in Seattle we do have some reasonably good chippies as well, bur not like home.

    Steve.
     
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    The print adds to the flavour. Very unique, and Johnny Foreigner has the audacity to laugh at us, muppets.:D
     
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  20. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Fecking Argentinian steak? Heretic! Nice grass fed Limousin or Aberdeen Angus, from England! I remember 1982!
     
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