Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Sapori Restaurant Review


Sapori Italian Restaurant: A bit pricey, but a delicious taste of Italy

Having tried the Italian cuisine at The Pizza House on two occasions, when it came to Clair's choice, for her it had to be another Italian restaurant! After all, it is good to have a comparison! Situated in Lee-on-Solent's high street, Sapori offers a little modernness to the town with neatly decorated walls and Italian memorabilia placed beautifully around the room. Being a Monday, this Italian restaurant was quiet and although we had booked, we had the pick of the tables!!

Sapori's menu was varied and interesting, although two courses is easier to do under Grubgang rules (it is possible to do 3, but with a drink too, you do end up spending a little more). We decided to go a little over budget, so to try their cuisine. The Sapori starters were a while in coming to us (the menu says ten minutes but we waited longer than that) and gave varied results to the members of the gang!

Mike felt his cheese starter (Oven baked smoked scamorza cheese wrapped in speck served with roquette leaves and sun dried tomato dressing) was disappointing for the price paid, as did Clair and her deep fried mozzarella balls, although very delicious! Gemma and Dean, however felt their Tomato and beef risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella, coated in a crisp crumb were perfect in both taste and value for money.

The main courses at Sapori were delicious.... the pizza Calzone is not only fantastically tasty but filling also. Again, Mike felt that although his dinner was tasty, the risotto lacked the "wow" factor. Although we enjoyed the menu, Gemma noted that they're was a lack of chicken in the pasta dishes, which she personally would have preferred. Again however, we did have to wait for a while to receive our food, which was surprising as we (at this point) were the only customers at Sapori!

The desserts came eventually, and were served by Sapori's chef, which was a nice touch. The cheese board is the perfect size for 1 and was delicious. Dean could not fault his Calzone Gusto (a sweet filled pizza) which he said was "amazing".

The service at Sapori was friendly and welcoming. Our waitress was lovely and helpful. The facilities were also clean and wheelchair friendly. We hadn't seen such decent disabled access in all of the places we have visited so far!!

Sapori Restaurant is definetly worth a visit (especially for the Calzone Gusto!), but if you want 3 courses for your £20, this is not the place for you!

Mark: 7 out of 10 (Clair Maskell)

Sapori Italian Restaurant, 108 High Street, Lee-on-Solent, Gosport, Hants, PO13 2HH
Tel: 023 9255 4646

1 comment:

  1. we have had an email from Sapori saying that cooking times are usual as they cook from fresh ingrediants. Also, they noted that if Gemma had wanted chicken with her pasta, she should have asked for it and they would have made it. Very nice, but this perhaps should have been noted on the menu????

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