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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Pizza, Pasta and Wine at Supermarine, Woolston


Italian food always brings up so many happy memories. 
From our time back-packing around Italy, taking in all the top cities, from Florence and Venice, down to Rome, Pompei and Sorrento. 
And one of the best things about Italy is it's food. Yes the architecture and history is what draws you in, but I truly fell in love over the food. 

So finding authentic Italian cuisine is always a huge hit with me. 
We're lucky in Southampton that we have a few pretty great Italian restaurants, but I think I've found a new favourite, that really feels like Italy, right on my doorstop... Supermarine* in Woolston, Southampton. 




Owned by the ever so lovely Spencer (of Mettricks and Vospers fame), this Italian paradise is all kinds of authentic, and is a true hidden treasure. 
As with Vosper's and Mettricks' there is a bit of local history to the name choice, Supermarine Southampton was a 1920's flying boat, so with the restaurant being located right on the waterfront, it's pretty much the perfect name to bring local's in and still work well with the Italian inspired menu. 

I was invited along with the Sotonbloggers to try out the newly launched restaurant*, and I'll start of saying I've never left anywhere feeling so full and completely happy with my food! 









So where to start? We were treated to a mix of dishes which we shared across our table, which gave us an great sense of the depth and vibrancy of the menu, and how really authentic the food is. 

Alongside red wine (yes to all the red wine!!) we started with mocellara olives and carasau bread - which is a super thin Italian flat bread, as well as freshly made bread and oil. 

Next was garlic breads, made from their own dough, made every night in the restaurant and cooked in probably the prettiest pizza oven ever! We tried both the original and cheese-topped and they're fab, with big chunks of garlic and incredibly gooey cheese. 

Last of the starters was the Salt Grilled King Prawns which were huge and delicious. I'm not usually one for eating shell-on prawns, but these were so easy to de-shell, and we so so worth it! 

Then came probably my favourite dish of the night, the Caprese salad. This always reminds me of Italy as we ate so much of it out there, but this dish was so simple, beautiful and perfect to eat. I genuinely could have just eaten that for the rest of the night and would have been very happy. I think the combination of the Local Heritage rainbow tomatoes, and the proper Buffalo Mozzarella just made it completely heavenly and I've been dreaming about it ever since.  

We then tried the risotto of the day, and two kinds of fresh ravioli, one served with a butter sauce, and the other with a basil and tomato sauce. All of it was amazing and fresh, and light enough to make you full but not stodgy! This was followed by carbonara and the Catch of the Day with Pasta. The latter was definitely my favourite of all the pasta dishes, served with clams, which you just don't see enough of in my opinion. Again, all their pasta is made in-house, which makes it really damn good! 

Lastly we got onto pizzas. A few of the ladies got into making their own pizzas with some expert help from the chefs. It's safe to say that the Supermarine flour inventory took a hit, but it looked like a lot of fun. What's really great is the pizza menu has veggie, vegan and gluten-free options, so basically anyone can eat there in comfort. 



Our night finished with Tiramisu which looked absolutely amazing, but I'd filled my dessert stomach with wine so couldn't manage any... perfect excuse for a return visit I think! 

So if you're looking for a great Italian, for a romantic waterfront date night, or a ladies evening with wine, then Supermarine is where you need to go, for Italian away from Italy. 

*meal/food provided in exchange for review - all opinions are, as always, my own.  
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  1. This looks gorg, Italian food has and always will be my favourite! x

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  2. I am so envious of your evening here. It all looks and sound amazing. I absolutely love Italian food (I'm half italian so I am biased though) but the pictures and menu options here sound so gorgeous. x

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  3. That looks like a great place for some seriously good eats! That pizza looks fab!

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