Italy this time! But again, not Naples or Rome, but the very centre of Wymondham. I had walked past Rudy's several times and had noticed the exceedingly jolly seats outside; twin seats painted bright red, with heart shaped backs to them, so I thought I would try it. My companion this time was a delightful Japanese lady translator; unfortunately her Japanese to Italian via English gave rise to some hilarity when I tried to explain the literal meaning of pasta putanesca*: in the end she chose pizza. The restaurant was very welcoming and had a happy atmosphere; our table was ready and so was the young waiter who was only on his second day there.
Whilst we struggled with the menu, I asked if we could have some bread, and 'Rudy' (as we named him) brought two neat plates of cubed bread together with a dish of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Delightful! Eventually I chose Penne Primavera which my schoolgirl french (?) told me meant 'spring' and my companion chose the Pizza Gamberi E Rucola which is pizza with prawns and rocket. While we waited we both had a glass of Pinot Grigio which was beautifully chilled, and before long the main course was brought. Having experienced the meagre splat of parmesan granted in a prestigious Italian restaurant elsewhere, I was impressed as 'Rudy' patiently grated parmesan over our dishes to a chorus of 'More, more!'
My Penne Primavera was delicious and fresh with aubergines, tomatoes, mushrooms and a lovely creamy sauce and there was more than enough of it. My Companion's pizza was simply the biggest I have ever seen and would ordinarily be used to feed a family of six. Even so, I did feel that the £11.50 was a little costly for this dish considering that my penne was only £8.50 – much better value. Needless to say we managed to eat the lot and begged for the desert menu. One of the features of this restaurant is that they serve a wide selection of Gelati both inside and to take away: rows of pretty ice-cream cones stand on the counter defying any small child to walk past without a murmur. My companion – by this time stuffed with her six-person pizza – chose the melon gelato and I chose the tiramisu. Now tiramisu can be sickly sometimes, and on top of all that creamy pasta might have been a mistake, but this was a very light-hearted version, made using fragments of light sponge cake mixed with the cream and coffee and Marsala and chocolate. Bliss on a spoon. The gelato was pronounced just right and was, in fact, more like a sorbet than the usual ice-cream. We each had a delicious cup of Italian Americano coffee to finish with. The loo was clearly undergoing refurbishment and some rebuilding, so I will be interested to see the result. Fresh flowers were on each table giving the room a bright clean appearance.
Would I go again? Well, I already have: just for coffee on a hot day when I sat outside on the bright red twin-seat and ate a delicious portion of baked raspberry cheesecake from a selection of tempting deserts. But that's another story.
£8.50 Penne Primavera
£5.70 two glasses of wine
£3.40 two coffees
The bread was free.
Rudy's Pizzeria and Takeaway
4 Griffin Court, Town Centre, Wymondham, NR18 0GU Tel: 01953 606930
*No I am not going to tell you!
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