*UPDATE - SADLY THIS RESTAURANT IS NO LONGER OPEN*
After a very hectic week at work, last weekend, we decided to don our glad rags and head into Leicester. Both of us have lived there before and although we're country bumpkins these days, sometimes we crave the buzz of the city! We headed to Braunstone Gate, ever trendy and full of city workers and students alike. After a couple of drinks (and a bout of nostalgia for me) in the Looking Glass, we moved next door to Fratelli. Opened just 6 months ago, this place is Italian, run by (as the name suggests) two brothers.
To start, Dave had calamare - freshly floured with a delicious home made tartare sauce. The calamare was delicious, not at all greasy and very light. I went for pasta (you can choose to have the pasta as a main or a starter) and thoroughly enjoyed what I had. All the pasta is made on site, my tagliatelle with cream, spinach and sausage was delicious. A crack of black pepper and sprinkle of parmesan and I was transported back to summer holidays in Tuscany.
|Calamari Fritti -£6.50|
Ever the greedy boy, hubby went for 'Filetto Fratelli' - Fillet Steak wrapped in Parma Ham & Smoked Cheese and baked in Pizza Dough. Both of us agreed that the pizza dough was delicious but probably not needed. I opted for something more rustic, 'Filetto Provencale' - Grilled Fillet steak served with warm Capers, Anchovies, Olives and a Cherry Tomato Salad. Both of our steaks were perfection. Tender, rich and cooked exactly as we'd requested. For £16.50, this has to be the best fillet steak in Leicester! Served simply with potatoes or chips and steamed veg. What more could you want?
|Filetto Provençale - £16.50|
|Filetto Fratelli - £16.50|
We'll definitely go back to Fratelli, and we'll bring my mum and step-dad. They are in love with Italy and visit once or twice a year. I'm sure they will love the authenticity of the food here, as well as the atmosphere and gentle lull of Italian voices at the bar.