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Review: Buonissimo, Harborne
Food Editor Caitlin Dickinson reviews her autumn visit to Buonissimo in Harborne, where she was served the best Italian food she has ever had in Birmingham.
Buonissimo is a small, independent Italian in Harborne, and serves some of the most sensational Italian food I have ever tasted. With the large blue sign outside, sat next to bay-leaf trees and wicker tables, it immediately portrays the typical ‘little Italy’ image. When you are sat inside the restaurant there are about 10 tables and a glass bar. This simple layout and cosy atmosphere allows you to relax after a busy day at uni. Although it does not do student discount, and may be a splurge-type place, it is definitely somewhere you need to go in order to treat yourself to Italian delicacies.
“It was a surprise to know that this bread had been baked that morning at a local bakery in Harborne.
Before we ordered our food, we got a small bread basket filled with rosemary focaccia and wholemeal rye bread which was toasted and came with butter. It was a surprise to know that this bread had been baked that morning at a local bakery in Harborne. This would explain the exquisite tasting, doughy bread that was a great appetiser to our meal.
The traditional menu gets changed every season to have dishes with fruit, vegetables and meat that is at its peak. As I visited in Autumn, I saw leeks, asparagus and swede featuring in a large proportion of dishes. All of these vegetables come from the local greengrocer and the herbs have been grown on the premises. What is not to love about this organic feel?
“All the meats on the antipasti had a fresh taste and tones of smoked and sweet flavours.
As a starter, we ordered the antipasti to share. Although the menu lacked a description as to what meat and vegetable components this dish had, it was a delight to find out that there was a huge selection. The main component of this starter was the thick slices of Parma ham, salami, and smoked ham. All the meats on the antipasti had a fresh taste and tones of smoked and sweet flavours. As for the vegetables we got sundried tomato salad, fresh tomatoes that had a vinaigrette dressing and sundried red peppers. This is not everything just yet… we also had small arancini balls with a mushroom filling and tomato-basil pesto stuffed fried bread. I was not entirely sure what the latter was - but I did know that it tasted delicious!
“As for the divine sauce that the pasta was submerged in - wow!
For mains, I ordered a swordfish, king prawn and tomato linguini. This was one of the best seafood style pasta dishes I have ever eaten. There was the option to have the dish with a more tradition black squid ink sauce, but I chose the homemade tomato sauce as I knew I would love that more with king prawns. My dish came with a sprinkling of grated parmesan and basil on top. This made it look really appealing. The pasta was cooked al dente which suited the components of the dish, and the seafood tasted fresh and not rubbery which can happen when prawns are over cooked. As for the divine sauce that the pasta was submerged in - wow! This had a wonderful balance of white wine, basil, oregano and tomato, but who was to know what was in this secret sauce recipe! There was just the perfect amount too, as the pasta had not drowned in an overload of sauce.
I would highly recommend that you go to Buonissimo in Harborne for a treat-meal, as this was the best Italian food I have ever had in Birmingham.