Italian food in the UK has passed from exotic to part of the furniture in the years since the first restaurants starting popping up in great numbers in the 70s and 80s. Our love affair with all thing Italiano has morphed into a grand passion, and it's one great love that has never died.
Despite the ease with which anglicised versions of Italian cuisine have slipped into the weekly dinner rotations, there is always something that keeps drawing us back for more, more, more. For many of us, it’s the comfort that only carbs can bring, and Italian food sure has those in abundance. For some, it's those fresh, bountiful flavours of late summer – gloriously ripe tomatoes and peppery olive oil – simple flavours, but done exceptionally well. Wriggle is taking its magnifying glass to the Italian restaurants of Bristol, exploring the wide range of Italian cuisine on offer and zooming in on favourites which are worth every penne (sorrynotsorry).
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