Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Spaghetti Bolognaise – the eating out edition Bella Italia, sometimes it’s nice for someone else to cook

We normally have a rule – no going out on a Monday nights, never. However there are always exceptions to rules. Yesterday I had a late meeting planned in London (finishing at 8pm) and so we arranged to meet at Oxford Circus and go out for a spaghetti bolognaise at Bella Italia. This is not the usual and I don’t even remember the last time that we have done this. So when deciding where to meet we did agree that we still had to have a spaghetti bolognaise, I normally never order this at a restaurant as we have it so often at home.
The Spaghetti Bolognaise description: Bella’s very own beef ragu, inspired by Bologna’s rich tradition of simple home cooking £8.50 (photo below) I was tempted to have Bucatini al Ragu d’Agnello (£8.95) described as A classic from the Abruzzo region of Italy, our secret recipe for a rich lamb and red wine ragu. However, I was advised that I could find this a bit dry. We also decided to have a side of Gamberi (Succulent king prawns in chilli & garlic butter, served with a flamed pepper dipping sauce and toasted ciabatta £5.95)
I would say that the nicest thing about the eating out edition was that it was nice for someone else to cook while we caught up on the day’s events. The waitress was lovely and friendly and a highlight was the white wine, Pinot Grigio - Donini, Delle Venezia £5.75 (large glass). I am well aware that red wine is a better match for bolognaise, however, I was so tired that a glass of red would have put me straight to sleep on the train.
Overall I would say that spaghetti bolognaise made at home is still better and more satisfying. However, it was lovely after such a long day (especially horrific being a Monday) letting someone else cook. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and the bill came to £35.00 for the two of us.
Next Monday we will be back to cooking in the tiny apartment.

1 comment:

  1. what a great looking bolognaise! its my wife's favorite sauce, she would love yours!