There are so many new eateries popping up in Amwaj that they really need to be good to compete and Casereccio is getting there but with a little way to go.
I visited with friends on a week night and was happy to see we weren’t the only diners. We chose to sit on the outside terrace and the service was swift and friendly.
For starters we chose the polpetine di polo for me and French onion soup for my dining companion – served in a round bread roll/small loaf, it looked delicious on the menu.
The reality was, unfortunately, less appealing, though tasty the soup was very thick and gloopy in consistency so that rather than being soaked up by the bread and letting the diner scoop out the two together it was more kind of sitting in the roll without really sinking.
My polpetine weren’t much better, described as chicken balls stuffed with mozzarella, I was expecting to cut into juicy chicken and find creamy melted cheese oozing from the centre. Sadly, what I actually got was something resembling chicken nuggets, some with a dribble of tasteless cheese in the middle, others simply devoid of filling.
Onto the main course and here we did fare better. My pal ordered the house speciality of three different types of pasta in taster portions. You can choose from two different three-piece options or make your own selection, which was what she did going for penne with pesto, spaghetti with ragu and cheese tortellini with blue cheese sauce. Together these were the stand-out dish of the night with all of us tucking in and thoroughly enjoying them all, particularly the blue cheese which was strong enough to hold its own against the other tastes in the dish – one small moan though, they would have been better served in a divided dish as putting them all in one bowl meant they all ran together very quickly.
For main course I chose the fillet aglio oli, a fillet steak with garlic oil and chilli served with rosemary potatoes. This was tasty but very overcooked though, to be fair, our server did offer a replacement when I pointed out that I’d ordered medium and it been given virtually cremated. The veggies were crunchy and plentiful so that was a plus point.
However, overall our dining experience was a bit average, so much so that we didn’t bother with dessert. I’ll probably go back in a few months to see if things have improved as this is another great venue, the staff are lovely and another member of our party said his hammour fillet was one of the best he had tasted.
The bill (for two) 1 polpetine di polo BD3.100 1 onion soup BD2.400 1 fileto aglio oli BD6.300 Mix and match pasta BD5.200 2 Coca cola BD2.000 1 large mineral water BD1.500 Total (inc tax and service) BD22.550
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