Restaunt Review: Bocca Italian, Menai Bridge

Celebrating my birthday weekend with my friends from university, they surprised me and took me out to dinner to Bocca Italian. A small Italian restaurant in the small town of Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. Situated down a secluded road, the bright yellow building captures your eyes, welcomes you in to this small restaurant.

Walking in you are surrounded by brown tables, comfy chairs. The restaurant throughout had soft lighting and candles on the tables, instrumental music which overall makes a soft ambiance. Perfect for me and the girls to catch up. We were seated on a long table, with enough room for all six of us. We were offered menus with a wide selection of food and drink to suit us all.

We chose two bottles of wine, a rose and a white. The white was a chardonnay which we likes, but the rose wine, was disappointing with talks on having a similar taste to vinegar. As we are ex university students, we know mix it with lemonade and it becomes drinkable.

To start we chose to share two garlic breads. One with cheese and one with a Napoli sauce. I personally thought the Napoli one was tastier as it had a hint of garlic running through. Though who doesn’t like melted cheese on bread?!

For main course, three of the girls went for Chicken Pizzaiola, which is butterfly chicken, in a rich tomato sauce topped off with mozerella cheese. Normally it comes with new potatoes, but they decided to swap them all for skinny fries. One of the girls chose a Spaghetti alla Carbonara, not one of my favourite meals to have, but this one was more traditional with a dry taste. The restaurant had a specials board, so another chose Swordfish Ravioli which was in a light tomato and olive sauce.

As it was my birthday, I went for one of my favourite (death row favourite!) meal. Mussels. I love this dish, as the mussels were fresh north welsh ones from the Isle of Anglesey with tomato and vodka was perfect. However I was slightly disappointed when it was served it came without skinny fries, so I additionally purchased some. The mussels were fresh, with no closed ones, were melt in the mouth and the dish wasn’t difficult to handle.

After the mains were cleared, we went for desserts, with most of us having local made Italian ice-cream. Another favourite for me is Pistachio flavoured, which was creamy and delicious.

As we finished our desserts, finishing the bottles of wine, the lights went dark, the song Happy Birthday came on with the entire restaurant singing to me. The best bit was, the girls organised for a Welsh Flag cake to be brought out. Since going to Wales I spotted this birthday cake, said I wanted one, they organised one of my own!!

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Overall the food was delicious, the service was attentive with lovely staff members serving us. I thought the food was a reasonable cost and delicious with a good choice for everybody’s taste.

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