Review – Cicchetti, Radyr

I love living in Radyr, it really feels like an up-and coming suburb, what with the gorgeous Orchard Cafe, the fabulous Salon Nia and the stalwart Ener-Chi. And now we have Cicchetti to add to the mix, an Italian Deli/restaurant. Cicchetti opened a few months ago and we’d been in for coffee and cake and had a takeaway from there (the pizzas were top notch) but last Saturday we had a babysitter (hooray!) so it was our first experience of a Cicchetti evening meal.

Saturday was a lovely sunny evening and there were plenty of people just enjoying a beer in the sunshine at the pavement tables as we arrived.

We were soon seated inside and given the menus to peruse while we nibbled on a glass of fresh breadsticks.

I went for a Bellini cocktail to start and then some wine and Gavin had a couple of pints of Peroni, which they serve on tap.

For starters we both had calamari. Mine was the Fritto Misto, lightly battered calamari and scampi with a saffron aioli (£5.25) and Gavin’s the Stuffed Baby Squid with Jalapeño Dressing (£5.95). Both were delicious and devoured in minutes.

Fritto Misto at Cicchetti, Radyr
Fritto Misto at Cicchetti, Radyr

On to mains and we both went for linguine – mine with Puttanesca sauce and his with the Pesto (both £7.95).

Linguine Puttanesca at Cicchetti, Radyr
Linguine Puttanesca at Cicchetti, Radyr

For dessert Gavin went for the chocolate brownie (they are stocked by the chocolate brownie company so he knew he would be in good hands). I was stuffed and ummed and ahhed about going for the lemon meringue. In the end I didn’t think I’d squeeze it in, so went for the mango sorbet, which was light and refreshing.

We also had coffees at the end of the meal. The three courses, four alcoholic drinks and a coffee each, came to £55, which I think is incredibly good value. The food and service was great and the atmosphere was that of a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant. Our only tiny criticism was that there is obviously a Queen fan on the staff – the bands greatest hits were blaring out of the place! Don’t get me wrong I love Freddie, Brian et al, but it was a little loud and I saw a few people complaining to each other. It was soon turned down to a more reasonable level and conversations could continue.

Overall we loved Cicchetti, we’ll definitely be back. We’re already planning to visit for breakfast one day soon.

Cicchetti, 8 Station Road, Radyr CF15 8AA

029 2084 8773

We paid in full for our meals and Cicchetti did not know I’d be blogging about them.

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