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Muddy eats: Castello, Frome

I just wanted to bash out a quick post about an independent, family-run Italian restaurant that the Muddies and I discovered last week: it’s got a great atmos, a big menu, big pizzas and pepper grinders to match.

If you live in Frome, you’ll already know Castello (when we arrived at 5.30 it was empty; by 6.30 it seemed like half the town was there) but if you don’t – then you’re in for a treat.

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It’s a vast place (140 covers) set over two levels with more large rooms and another bar off the main seating area. It’s got a retro, ‘continental’ style, a bit like a 1950s coffee bar –  check out those red ‘leather’ banquettes…IMG_4105

… the ‘logs’ on the walls…

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…and the retro room dividers which had a slightly odd – but sort of charming – display of panattoni,  honey, bottles of olive oil, jars of pasta and packets of arborio rice and for some reason, boxes of Twinings tea (?!).

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The menu’s vast with long lists of starters (breads, squid, prawns, soup, tricolore, cured meats etc), the usual range of pizzas, calzone, pastas, risottos, some Greek-style dishes, fish and seafood and various steaks and other meat dishes. Desserts include semifreddo, tiramisu, limoncello trifle.

The Muddies loved watching their pizzas being made through a window into the kitchen; the chefs throw the dough to each other and (apparently) sometimes burst into song.

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The pizzas got the thumbs up from the Muddy table.IMG_1833 2

The staff are very friendly and chatty; if you’ve been once before they always remember you, and it’s handshakes all round when you arrive and leave. The service itself was fast and efficient.

Combine a visit here with a trip to the quirky independent Westway cinema (review to follow soon).

MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: families, groups of friends, anyone with something to celebrate – it’s got a fun, vibrant atmosphere and staff are super friendly – you’d be fine here on your own, too

Not for: those who like to eat in a hushed environment

£££: Reasonable. Pizzas £9.95-11.95, pasta around £12; fish dishes £14-16; steaks £16.99-19.99. Lunch time Mon-Fri 12am-3pm, any pasta or pizza £6.95.

17 Palmer St, Frome, BA11 1DS. Tel 01373 228100.castellofrome.co.uk

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1 comment on “Muddy eats: Castello, Frome”

  • Angela March 14, 2016

    Next visit to Frome I know where I am taking the children.

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