Review: Jamie Oliver’s Italian – Nicosia – 3.5/5

The featured image of the exterior and the picture of the interior of the restaurant was taken from the website, URL down below. All other photos are my own.

Over the Christmas holidays I went home for a few weeks. Living in Limassol means that it is an exciting trip to go to Nicosia, and although we usually go to the Ikea there, this time we went down the main street. After a long morning of shopping without reward we decided to go an eat a fancy lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Italian. Here is the website for anyone interested: https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/cyprus/restaurants/nicosia/

The interior of the place is large and predominantly wood. They have mix and match chairs, and the ones we got were pretty comfy. It does, however, seem like if you tried hard enough you could buy the walls right from under the roof as in every possible space there is a Jamie Oliver product that you can buy, whether it be tinned tomatoes, olive oil or a cookbook. Personally I say, make a little shop and leave it all there. They also have a large sheltered eating-smoking area which is quite beautiful.

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On to the food then. They have a good deal going called “Super Lunch” where you can get 2 courses for 13eu95 or 3 courses for 15eu95. They have a good selection of food under that menu, and that’s what we decided to go for. Our waitress was kind enough to recommend all getting different desserts or starters so we can all try different things. Good idea.

We got two starters, one being the Fritto Misto, which was delicious. There were fried prawns, salmon pieces and squid which were all really nice. The fennel was subtle but really added depth, and the aioli was moreish. I highly recommend it. I can’t really say the same for the Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta, as I felt that the whipped ricotta didn’t really have space to be there, mainly because it was quite sweet but also really cold, and the tomatoes were sweet also, but warm. It was weird to have so much going on temperature wise, and . I also missed the garlic which I believe is one of the staples of the dish, but Mr. Oliver perhaps doesn’t agree with me.

For the mains, we ordered the Italian Steak & Fries, two Gennaro’s Chicken Club and the Tagliatelle Bolognese.

The Italian Steak was cooked exactly as it was asked for which was seemingly miraculous as the steak was incredibly thin. I also have it on good authority that the vegetable slaw was decent, although lacking in sauce – a personal opinion.

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Both my mother and I had the Gennaro’s Chicken Club, which looked impressive as it turned up on its board but was less so once we got stuck in. There wasn’t much sign of the ‘spicy ‘nduja mayo’ and I was looking out for it as I am quite the ‘nduja fan. The chicken was nicely cooked, but the whole thing was just salty due to the fontal cheese and the crispy pancetta. Finally, as you can see from the photo, they really went for it with the rocket, and to be honest, it just makes it hard to eat, and is pretty unnecessary. I suppose that was there to offset the salty elements, but it didn’t for me. Cheese is just too bold to be put off by some greenery (much as I love rocket).

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The chips deserve a paragraph all on their own, because they were excellent. They were well seasoned, crispy and all cooked well, not a random soggy chip that you sometimes get. I liked the little copper pot, as the whole board was utilised for the deconstruction of the burger as it all fell apart pretty quickly. They were skin-on fries, and definitely the kind of chip that you keep eating no matter how full you are.

Finally, the Tagliatelle Bolognese. Although I don’t remember trying this, my dad liked it, which is saying a lot. As you can see from the photo, there is quite a puddle in the bowl, and no risk of it being dry. The pasta itself was cooked well. It came in a little mountain which I know is fashionable but I don’t really get the hype – it’s all just going to be pulled down in nanoseconds anyway. A decent meal without the wow-factor.

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Unfortunately, although we had desserts, there aren’t any photos of them. We had the Epic Brownie and the Amalfi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. The epic brownie was good, although the popcorn strewn around the plate was artsy but unnecessary as there wasn’t really enough to have with every other bite let alone every mouthful. The cheesecake was nice, the lemon curd was just right, and went very well with the blackcurrants. However, there was comment that the italian meringue took away all concentration from the cheesecake, and so the marscapone was hard to find once you got all the elements in a mouthful.

All in all, we had a very nice meal. It was a reasonable price, with well-sized portions and excellent ambience for a late-lunch. The  waiting staff were lovely and without going too in-depth, the bathrooms upstairs were incredible. Although we got non-vegetarian options, I noticed that there was choice both on the Super Lunch menu (a Super Food Salad) but also on all the other menu’s he has, so my vegetarian friends don’t need to worry about that.

Overall I give this meal ***.5 out of *****, and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

 

Disclaimer: I am in no way a professional food writer or critic (a girl can dream). I just write down my personal thoughts and opinions. I do not wish to offend anyone, nor am I being paid for this post. It is merely here for your enjoyment and, perhaps, enlightenment.

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