Day 17 of our 30 Days In May Challenge: Flame

It’s finally opening night for Flame Bar & Restaurant in Broadway…Owners; Edison & Diana have been working to get this new restaurant on the road.

You’re greeted with a lovely light grey decor, airy and spacious seating including booths for groups of 6. Don’t be fooled into thinking that, this is it, as there’s more seating upstairs which is ideal for private parties and, of course, when the restaurant gets busier on an evening. The kitchen is upstairs too, so you won’t feel that you’re out of it either.

All the staff are in black and getting ready to welcome visitors on their first night. The menu is impressive with starters, pastas, salads, pizzas, mains and sides – everything a traditional Italian restaurant has to offer. There’s a great lunchtime offer menu which includes panini, pasta, pizza or salads at just £6 and also a Bambini menu for the kids at £6.

We received a bottle of wine to welcome us this evening which was Ca’di Ponti – Italian white. I additionally had a RWhites Lemonade from the bar of many drinks… including cocktails on offer. So on to the food….

Our starters were:

  • Polpette al Sugo – 3 substantially sized meatballs cooked in a rich tomato sauce served with Italian bread, which was very filling for a starting course.
  • Torre di Mozzarella- a wonderful tower mozzarella stacked in between aubergine, peppers and courgettes with an olive oil and garlic dressing. No bread needed as this dish was really filling too, definitely, a whole mozzarella is used on this plate.

Main courses:

  • Italia Amore Mio pizza: a delicious pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, sausage, ham, pancetta and pepperoni. The base is a standard depth not too thin and not too thick and the pepperoni is not hot, just a tang. Toppings are not scarce here, there’s plenty of them, the crust is not too thick, however, after the mozzarella, I’m waining and can only manage 3/4 of it.
  • Melanzane a Parmigiana: deep-fried aubergines in ragu sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, baked and served with salad and garlic bread. This is a heaped-full dish of parmigiana which really does taste home-made. Lots of aubergine and lots of sauce with the tang of Parmesan in between. This will definitely fill you up along with the serving of salad and focaccia on the side.
  • Patate Fritte della Casa: homemade house chips – chunkier than the fries option which I like, just nice thick chips, add your own salt and eccoci!

And a finale of.. (gosh, is there any room after these big portions?)….Tiramisu!

Of course! There has to be for the traditional dessert  – and even Diana has not tasted it yet…. so here goes: sponge layers with mascarpone cream and espresso: light, sweet and creamy – an ideal treat to end your meal – not heavy, not gooey, just light and very, very tasty – isn’t that right Diana! (How could I not share with her….. 🙂 )

The price is right on the nose too. Pizzas are all under £10 – unless you go for their unique special which is double layered pizza (no I didn’t see it), mains are under £20 and desserts are £5. It’s easy on the wallet pricing. Their drinks prices are good too and their cocktails are two for one during Happy Hour.

It was an enjoyable evening listing to delightful Italian music by Eros Ramazzotti, not too close to others for it to be too noisy in conversation, nice staff, nice food. We wish them well as they deal with a party of 50 upstairs coming in at 8pm!

Our compliments to the Chef – Vince!

We’ll be back. 🙂

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