But Brighton Italian food has predominantly been that Anglo-Italian jumble where hideous dishes like "spag bol" sit awkwardly next to portions of fish and chips on tourist fodder menus. As you can tell, it makes my blood boil and my arms do some sort of over dramatic Italian gesticulation.
Now these squares of batter made with chickpea flour are something you would find as street food in Palermo and eaten as they are. As a main dish I wasn't convinced, especially served with bread and a chive dip. It made for am uninviting beige plate of food and maybe wouldn't be to British tastes. Whilst I don't think Italian food should be tailored in that way, I think there are plenty of other choices. As I said, as a main maybe not, but the panelle served with a vibrant salad or as a starter with antipasti, would be more than welcome.
I would say that vegan diets have been well catered for here - a rarity in Italian food establishments, and the products for sale are most definitely worth popping in for, even if you are not dining. The large raised bar area is also really attractive for those wanting drinks and nibbles, I'm definitely keen to spend more time with their wine menu.
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