We turned from the lounge into Evoluzione…
The restaurant was located in a conservatory attached to the side of the hotel…
As you can see…it was totally empty with a rather less than exciting view of the road. Still the tinkling piano sounds coming through from the neighbouring room meant that the restaurant wasn’t completely lacking in atmosphere.
We sat at our table and just like the ancient Greeks prepared for our Bacchic feast. Only this feast began with a glass of Prosecco!
Ok, Greek metaphors aside, the chef is actually Michelin star winning Italian chef Andrea Angeletti who combines a respect for traditional Italian cuisine, with fresh produce and a creative flair.
We chose a selection of small plates to share for our lunch.
A well seasoned beef carpaccio came next.
Dumplings with rabbit ragu wasn’t exactly photogenic but it was our favourite dish and certainly fit for a hungry Greek hero!
Passatelli with tomato and basil was a rather unusual dish and not one I’d tried before, if you’ve not heard of it’s basically pasta made out breadcrumbs, eggs and parmesan. Well, as I’m fan of all of those three things, the combo was bound to be good and I’m always keen to try something different.
Everything on the Evoluzione menu is pretty healthy and light and these salads were no exception:
Mozzarella and tomato and chicken salad. Two very simple dishes but both beautifully prepared and well dressed.
And we ended on a veal salad with tuna sauce, a slightly bigger dish as the small plates hadn’t quite filled up Mr S.
Desserts were like a siren’s trying to seduce us with their delicious song but we resisted and just stuck to a coffee in the upstairs lounge.
The staff at Evoluzione certainly lived up to the Greek tradition of hospitality, the food was very tasty, but unfortunately the atmosphere of the restaurant let it down. I think Evoluzione really does have great potential but it needs an injection of pizzazz. Perhaps they should host a baccanal to liven things up a bit 😉