Set aside the world famous Pulteney Bridge is Ponte Vecchio: an elegant Italian restaurant that’s become the home of many family celebrations, date nights and, well, any other excuse one can think of to wine and dine in style. Thanks to its sophisticated Italian food and stylish intimate setting, it’s certainly an old favourite in Bath’s vibrant food scene.
Their varied menu is spot on, boasting freshly made pizza, award-winning pasta and inspired main dishes that pay homage to the Italian roots of the venue whilst making the most of local and seasonal ingredients. We’re big fans of the paccheri genovese - fresh paccheri pasta served with a sauce made with 7 hour slow cooked beef, onion, basil and Grana Padano. But it’s not all meat; there’s also a vegan dish that holds its own, made with chickpea pasta, and plenty of vegetarian and pescatarian options too. Be sure to ask your waiter if there are any chef specials too, as there are usually a few off-menu gems that are well worth trying.
It’s location is nothing short of magnificent either. Facing the River Avon as it carves its way under Pulteney Bridge, Ponte Vecchio’s roof terrace offers unrivalled views of Georgian architecture and Bath stone buildings. It also benefits from being set back from the main paths, creating the illusion that you’re world’s apart from the bustling streets of the city-centre.
Ponte Vecchio is a true culinary experience that merges the joys of old-school Italian food with the laid-back beauty of Bath. A must visit, whatever the excuse.