Our party consisted of 13, whose ages ranged from 5 to 70 years of age, so a diverse group as you can see. It was to celebrate my coming of age, sorry my retirement having reached that magical age of 65.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff, Faye and Gill, and duly seated and drinks promptly brought while waiting for the rest of the party to arrived.The tables were decorated with sparkly sprinkles and table decorations, accompanied with birthday banners and balloons thanks to Gill,who made sure that I was aware that It was my 65th birthday.
When all the party had arrived we were served promptly with a our starters, that as always, were freshly prepared. The main courses that were ordered were diverse and covered the whole mix of differing home cooked pasta and pizza dishes all delivered to our table piping hot, prepared by Rocco and Alistair (Pizza man). Amongst our party was my cousin and his wife who live in America, they could only say how exceptional their food was, bearing in mind that where they live they are surrounded by Italian pizzarias, restaurants etc. and are well placed to comment on the quality of service and food, they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience as did the rest of the party.
During the evening copious amounts of wine and beer were consumed that is befitting of a 21st, sorry 65th birthday. The evening concluded with a birthday cake that was duly shared with the other diners and staff in the restaurant.
It was a wonderful evening surrounded by family in a family run establishment (thank you Gill, Rocco, Faye and Alistair), what an exceptional evening we had due in no small part to Rocco and Gill, again a big thank you for making my old age birthday special.
I can only speak as I find, this is an Italian restaurant run by an Italian (Rocco) who cooks traditional recipes the way his mum cooked them. Raunds has a little bit of Italy in Rocco’s so if you want quality service and authentic Italian food you will not do any better than to give this a try. If you need a dish tweaked, ingredients added or subtracted, Rocco will accommodate you as the dishes are all prepared and cooked fresh. Give it a try you won’t be disappointed.
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