Slice of Sicily
333 Garstang Road, Preston
It is is fair to say Slice of Sicily arrives in Preston with something of a reputation.
The Penwortham branch has been open – and wildly popular – for more than a decade now, and news that ebullient owner Ettore Criscenti was planning a venture in Fulwood had local foodies salivating.
Like its sister south of the Ribble this deli, bistro and pizzeria places emphasis on local ingredients alongside the very best imported wares.
A variety of cheeses, meats, biscuits, liquors, wine, olives is available, and customers can either sit-in or take out.
Thus it was that a selection of Ettore’s wares rocked up in the LEP newsroom late Wednesday afternoon and, in less time than it will take to read this review, had been hungrily devoured.
A Garlic Bread Italiano – a tri-colour of pesto, cheese and tomato – caught the eye and was top notch on the tongue too. The base was soft and yielding, crispy around the sides – it didn’t last long.
A Mediterranean salad of grated Italian cheese, Parma ham, sundried tomatoes, olives and rocket was fresh, full of flavour and a delicious side to a hefty portion of grilled pesto chicken strips.
The mighty meaty star of the show was a portion of Italian Meat Balls.
Although the juicy pork balls were a little on the small side this did mean that the greedy amongst the reviewers (all of them) were able to get more than one in their mouth at a time.
Mini-meats they might have been, but mighty big on flavour no doubt, and their sweet garlicky tomato and basil bath was perfect for dunking chunks of garlic bread crust.
Star rating: 8