Italian Sunset, in Bangor!
The Ristorante Pulcinella is a lovely little Italian restaurant in Bangor, situated in a beautiful location right next to the Pier, and offers spectacular sunset views. It is important that you reserve a table, even if it is just two of you, as this restaurant gets extremely busy. If you are ringing to book, make sure you ring in the evenings and if they don’t answer at first, keep trying, they will do! Also it might be worth asking for a table by the window to take advantage of the spectacular sunset.
The service is fast and you get extremely generous portions. The staff, most of whom are Italian, are very polite and helpful. The Restaurant is also authentically decorated, and gives you the feeling that you are in a little Italian fishing village, with fishing nets on the ceiling. I was particularly entertained by the Italian football memorabilia behind the bar; I thought this actually gave it a real feeling of authenticity, as well as a collection of Ferrari memorabilia. I had the Antipasto Misto to start with, which was Parma Ham, Salami, Mozzarella Cheese, Olives and mixed Mushrooms, and my girlfriend had Minestrone, an Italian vegetable soup. For our main courses, I had Penna al Forno, pasta in a tomato sauce with salami and ham, baked with a mozzarella topping. My girlfriend had Tortellioni con Polpetta, which was pasta in a tomato sauce with meatballs, and again baked with a mozzarella topping. My girlfriend then had Profitter Rolls, which looked lovely, so lovely I didn’t eve get a look in, while I opted instead for a glass of Limoncello, a delicious Italian aperitif made from lemons, originating in Campania, which I had first tried on holiday in Sorrento.
All the food was lovely and worth the price. Most of the pasta dishes are in the £6 to £8 region, while chicken dishes are around £13 and Steaks are around £16. The steaks and chicken looked lovely and the portions were as generous as the pasta, and if you can afford it I think they would be well worth the money. The deserts were around £4 and the Limoncello was £2.50. I also had two Peroni’s, Italian Beers, which were lovelly, at £2.60 per bottle, a pretty standard price for restaurants