Italian restaurants in Cheltenham: 6 great places to visit
PUBLISHED: 10:42 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 23 October 2018
From rustic pizzas and hearty pasta dishes to fresh seafood and handpicked wines, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to authentic Italian fare in Cheltenham. Here are some of the best places to try...
60 St George’s Place
Expect a menu packed with rustic Italian dishes at family-run Olive Albero. The team is active on social media, sharing mouthwatering photos of creamy pasta, fresh chicken salads and generously-topped pizzas - which are raved about online. Head over at lunchtime for any pizza, pasta or risotto for only £5.99.
Dolce and Salato
18 Winchcombe Street
Owner Salvatore Mattiolo has brought a taste of Sicily to Cheltenham in the form of Dolce and Salato. This spot is great for a morning coffee or grabbing lunch in the form of hefty salads, pasta, pizza or filled paninis. For an extended late lunch, pair your food with a few glasses of wine. There’s always something new to try on the changing specials board too.
7 Montpellier Terrace
Classic Italian dishes, using local organic produce and cooked fresh to order, are served at Primavera Ristorante. The extensive menu includes an array of pizzas, pastas, risottos, seafood dishes and more. We can recommend the linguine marinara, with fresh mussels, squid and tiger prawns. Paired with a bottle of Italian white, your evening is sorted.
La Scala Delicatessen
24 Regent Street
Head down the stairs and duck into La Scala Delicatessen for authentic Italian fare, from continental-style breakfasts with good coffee in the morning to filling pasta dishes and sandwiches in the afternoon. This welcoming spot also offers lunch and hot drinks to take back to the office or fresh artisan loaves, sweet and savoury pastries and deli treats to take back home.
1 Royal Well Place
Following a fire, Gianni Ristorante has reopened with its hardy Italian spirit and fresh, modern interiors. Order in a carafe of wine to sip while studying the menu. After an antipasti starter, there are lots of meat and fish options for main including a tasty cannelloni filled with meat, cheese and spinach or salmon tagliatelle. Spice heads should try the penne puttanesca; firey chillies top al dente pasta with tomato sauce, bacon, olives, capers and garlic.
4 Regent Street
Freshly cooked, topping-laden sourdough pizzas are served up in the laidback basement restaurant and it makes for a perfect setting for date night or a casual dinner with friends. From Dante’s Inferno, Tutto Carne and V for Veggie, there are plenty of toppings to choose from so it’s worth ordering a large pizza and getting it topped three or four different ways. You can also make your pizza vegan, gluten-free or lactose-free.