A Taste of Italy in Bedfordshire
From rustic plates of pasta to modern fine dining, Bedfordshire has plenty of delicious destinations for Italian food. Here’s our pick of the best…
40 George Street, Woburn, MK17 9PY
Tel: 01525 290105
If you enjoy hearty, fresh and authentic Italian dishes served in a lively, vibrant and bustling setting, then you’ll love Fratelli. An award-winning restaurant managed by three brothers Carmelo, Mario and Antonino Di Giorgi who share a love of simple Italian produce, prepared and cooked with passion.
Linguine Gamberetti – king and Atlantic prawns, white wine, garlic and red chilli in a vine tomato and basil sauce, topped with wild rocket and lemon breadcrumbs.
Pizza Picante – plum tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh red chilli, red onion, roasted peppers, Kalamata olives and wild rocket.
35-37 Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 1LA
Tel: 01234 215048
Mamma Concetta is a family-run pizzeria that will take you back in time to the more traditional Italian values of food and hospitality. Authentic Neapolitan style pizza and rustic dishes are cooked in their wood fired ovens while ingredients are imported from Italy, using the finest San Marzano tomatoes from the hills of Vesuvio in Naples.
Salsiccia e Friarielle – a white base pizza with no tomato, Italian fennel sausage, wild broccoli tips and fior di latte mozzarella.
Al Tartufo Nero – signature pizza with smoked mozzarella, black truffle, caramelised red onions, toasted walnuts and truffle infused olive oil.
19-21 Hockliffe St, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1EZ
Tel: 01525 853796
A family-run restaurant serving classic and modern Italian dishes using fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets. Keen to expand the perception of Italian food, fortnightly tasting menus showcase dishes from the different regions. Eat al fresco in the attractive courtyard and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a little part of Italy.
Pappardelle al Cinghiale – large egg pasta with slow cooked wild boar ragout, truffle and aged parmesan cheese.
Pâté di Fegato – homemade chicken liver pâté served with crostini, caramelised red onions and pistacchio.
7 New Road, Linslade, LU7 2LS
Tel: 01525 217225.
Rustico is a trendy, yet intimate, bistro opened in 2018 by Valentina and Giovanni who came to England from Lake Como. Gio and Vale share a passion to create traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist. These are served in an authentic, friendly atmosphere to make you feel you are dining in Italy.
Homemade potato gnocchi with clams, razor clams, mussels, squid and prawns in a cherry tomato, garlic, chilli and white wine sauce.
Paccheri pasta from Gragnano with nduja and burrata mozzarella.
136 Tennyson Road, Luton, LU1 3RP
Tel: 01582 407644
Offering an authentic Italian and European menu, Carriages have entered into a partnership with executive chef Fabrizio Morelli – the former executive chef of celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo. Having worked for 20 years in top Italian restaurants, Morelli’s expertise brings a modern twist to Italian favourites with new and creative dishes.
Linguine al Astice – linguini pasta with half a lobster, shallots, brandy and a cherry tomato sauce.