La Bottega Delitalia, Lincoln

19 June 2015

La Bottega Delitalia Lincoln

If you walked past La Bottega Delitalia for the first time, you might think it didn't appear to be anything special. It's not somewhere I really noticed my first few years in the city, it doesn't resemble the slick, bars and 'trendy' restaurants that fill the big cities, and it definitely isn't part of Lincoln's more upmarket (read: expensive) food scene. The shop front is a little old, and as my dining partners Katy and Jack pointed out, they're made some 'interesting' font choices with their branding but for people who can get past the exterior, La Bottega Delitalia is known to be a 'hidden gem'.

Inside is still  modest, offering a very small inside dining area and a garden terrace, all complete with check tablecloths and a homely feel. Since it was finally starting to feel like Summer on our visit, and we'd gotten there early enough in the evening to be the first customers in, we decided to take advantage of the outdoor seating. For their evening service La Bottega Delitalia do let customers bring their own wine but on this trip we decided to stick to soft drinks and get straight onto the food instead.

La Bottega Delitalia Italian Restaurant Lincoln

Italian Restaurant in Lincoln East Midlands

Their menu is, as you probably guessed, all italian dishes, starting with sandwiches and more deli style options that make great lunchtime choices, up to pasta and other more full meals. I chose the penne matriciana (£6.45), while Katy opted for a classic spaghetti carbonara (£6.75) and Jack the spaghetti and meatballs (£8.25). All the food is cooked fresh but we weren't waiting too long at all for ours to arrive and we were given some really nice bread while we waited. I love when restaurants provide 'bread for the table', because it doesn't happen in most places I eat at, it always feels super fancy to me (does anyone else weirdly equate bread with the poshness levels of a restaurant like this?), plus, I love carbs, especially when they're free. 

My pasta was really delicious, it was cooked perfectly and the sauce had loads of flavour. There isn't a whole lot you can say about pasta really but it was very good, especially considering how reasonable their prices are.

La Bottega Delitalia Lincoln Review

La Bottega Delitalia Italian in Lincoln Review

Despite the huge main courses, we still managed to find space to sample the dessert menu (although I forgot to write down the prices as they all came from a specials board, sorry!). I opted for tiramisu, which was really good, the coffee was strong but the base wasn't too wet which is sort of my tiramisu deal breaker. Jack meanwhile went for a panna cotta and Katie had the pistachio gelato. I sneaked a spoonful of the gelato to try and it was really good, lovely and smooth and the flavour of the pistachio wasn't too intense.

The staff were really friendly and wonderfully attentive without being too intrusive or making us feel uncomfortable. Considering how quiet it was when we arrived I think they struck a really nice balance with the service. By the time we finished our meal the little restaurant was completely packed, so if you want to pay them a visit on an evening it's well worth booking ahead. It's not the most authentic Italian experience you could find (and it doesn't claim to be) but if you want some affordable, 'homemade'/fresh food in Lincoln's city centre, in a welcoming setting, you really couldn't go wrong here.

Best tiramisu in Lincoln East Midlands

Pistachio gelato from La Bottega Delitalia

*We paid for our own meals and La Bottega Delitalia didn't know we'd be reviewing them. As always, opinions are my own. 

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