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Va Bene

Craig Lamb heads to Glossop to check out an Italian restaurant

Published on April 3rd 2008.

Va Bene is clearly popular.

On the Confidential visit there was a healthy buzz of conversation from the well-populated restaurant. This place is clearly Glossop's neighbourhood trattoria, the place to come when you want to unwind and unburden yourself of daily pressures.

The fillet steak and chips (£15.50) was another good dish, a solidly satisfyingly lump of flesh, cooked as ordered, medium rare, which is always a relief.

Some people can take this too far.

On the table next to ours there was a couple of middle-aged ladies. One of them was in full, 'here's the story of my life' mode. She talked without break – God alone knows when she put food in her mouth – about her health, her husband, their sex-life, the children, the house, the relatives, whilst her friend went, “um, yea, right.” After half an hour I wondered to my dining partner whether we could borrow the classic, unfeasibly large Italian pepper pot and whack her on the noggin with it. She suggested not.

Service at Va Bene was generally very good especially from the older gentleman waiter – it was less good from the young waitress who needs to learn to smile.

Food was decent too. The best moment was provided by the oxtail (£10.95) in a rich stock with potatoes, carrots and broccoli. This was full-flavoured, with great meaty knuckles of oxtail: in other words, proper, substantial food, that left you more than happy. Supplying a side of exactly the same broccoli, carrots and potatoes was a little confusing though.

The fillet steak and chips (£15.50) was another good dish, a solidly satisfying lump of flesh, cooked as ordered (medium rare in this case), which is always a relief.

A floating side – one that didn't come for with the meals – was lovely and very simple: fennel and basil leaves with a little pesto (£2.75).

Earlier the shared starter of ribs (£5.95), with pork supplied from the award winning Glossop butcher's Mettricks own animals, was good too with the flesh falling from the bone.

A pudding of apple pie with custard (£3.95) didn't have much of an Italian accent but was loveable enough.

Va Bene makes for a fine stop over when traversing the Pennines over the Snake Pass. Or if you find yourself out Glossop way it provides a good lunch or dinner venue. The décor is a bit eighties but that's not a problem as the food and the ambience make up for it.

Rating: 14/20
Breakdown: 7/10 Food
3/5 Service
4/5 Ambience
Address: Va Bene
12 Norfolk Street Glossop
SK13 8BS
Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm - 10pm

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AnonymousApril 3rd 2008.

Heh. I know the young waitress in the limelight.hmmmm. :D

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