This is a new series about London hidden gems, places to eat, see and explore and worthy of your leisure time.
Nonna Rosa restaurant in Uxbridge is one of those places, a hidden gem in the cobbled streets of Uxbridge High street, this is a classy Italian restaurant serving seasonal menus of dishes that are freshly-prepared using local and responsibly sourced produce. The food is complemented by an excellent wine list, Gin Serve and cocktail menu.I travelled there from Central London and it took me about 40 mins , the reviews about Nonna Rosa were pretty good so I was looking forward to some home cooking Italian style food. I will tell you a secret about this restaurant, in fact, this is breaking news courtesy of an insider!. Nonna Rosa is worthy of a busy Prime Minister and the current one, Boris Johnson, is a regular customer here. Having worked at the House of Commons myself I can testify that the food here is way better than at the Parliamentary State so no wonder he visits frequently even when Brexit is still keeping him awake at night.
The restaurant is very unique and you get this feeling as soon as you step in, it feels cozy and it has a lot of charm with a nice decor that mixes traditional and modern features. The restaurant had a great atmosphere the day we visited even if it was a rainy Thursday evening, I believe the friendly and relaxed staff help to make the restaurant an inviting place to spend a few hours . This is not a high street chain restaurant but a one off place where you can tell members of staff genuinely care about the quality of food and service.
We started the evening by trying one of the many cocktails on offer, there was a two for one offer and we went for the Nonna Rosa cocktail made with Italian Prosecco. Delicious!
For starters , we ordered the King Prawns and Calamari Fritti which came with a home made tartare sauce. The prawns were fresh and very meaty and the calamari crispy and savoury and not greasy, which is usually the case in many restaurants when you order calamari fritti. These decadent and filling beginner dishes were perfect appetisers.
The evening was all about Italian comfort food and since we were craving these feel-good hearty favourites, we decided to choose pasta for our mains. My friend loved her seafood linguine with clams, mussels, calamari and prawns and I went for a spicy Tuscan sausage penne with diced cubes of Pecorino cheese. The portions were generous which was great and very unusual in London where you can leave a restaurant feeling hungry with the tiny portions, not at Nonna Rosa!. As for the staff, they were always attentive and naturally warm without being intrusive.
To end our meal, we shared a cheesecake which was rich, creamy, smooth and utterly delicious.
Nonna Rosa is the place to cosy up with some wonderfully prepared Italian classics and I’m not surprised the restaurant is loved by many families, local business people and the Prime Minister too!. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our time there, the service and the food made the journey from central London definitely worth it. Nonna Rosa is a great venue that will delight all the fans of traditional Italian foods.
Nonna Rosa is at 119 High St, Uxbridge UB8 1JT, United Kingdom