|Try authentic Italian cuisine at ‘I Sapori di Sorrento’|
- Published: Friday, 26 April 2013 07:07
When my cousin David came down for a visit from his home in Edinburgh recently, I whisked him down to Croydon Road in Caterham Valley to experience 'I Sapori di Sorrento', which translates as 'The flavour of Sorrento'. David loves Italy, and as we soaked up the atmosphere of this lovely new restaurant, David felt like he had travelled a lot further south than Surrey!
Romeo and Marina Lanzetta and their son Nino have opened the restaurant to bring authentic Italian cuisine to Caterham. They have years of experience of preparing food for Italian diners back home in Sorrento and decided to introduce their style of cooking to English diners and fortunately for us, came to Caterham!
As we browsed the menu, Romeo recommended the house red wine to have with our meal - a deep red Sicilian wine called 'Nero D'Avola'. On tasting the wine, David said: "I like a fairly dry, heavy-bodied wine and that has hit the spot!" There was a good selection of starters and David chose 'Calamari fritti' (squid fried in batter) while I chose the 'Prawns Alla Diavola' (prawns in a garlic, chilli, wine and tomato sauce).
David said his Calamari was lovely and not at all chewy and my prawns were wonderful. The sauce was superb and came with crusty bread to soak it up with. The chilli gave the sauce a slight kick but it was by no means too hot.
For our main courses, I tried a 'special' recommended by Romeo, Spaghetti with Mussels (£8.50) and David chose one of the veal dishes, 'Veal Valdostana' (veal topped with ham and mozzarella cheese served in a wine and tomato sauce) (£10.95) with a side order of vegetables (£3).
The mussels came shell-on with the spaghetti so it looked amazing as well as tasting very good and David said his veal was delicious, as well as nice and filling. We finished with coffees, served by Romeo, who had been the perfect host all evening.
I Sapori di Sorrento is open daily including Sundays from 12pm.