Piccolino serves modern and classic Italian dishes and with no specific vegan options, I usually ask for the allergen list and design my own menu. However when I asked for the allergen list tonight, I was given the gluten free menu, which was neither use nor ornament, I thought it was a legal requirement to provide customers with allergen information.
When I asked our waiter Guiseppe if the pasta was eggfree, he confirmed it was and that the vegetables, could be made with olive oil instead of butter.
We kicked off with a very nice bottle of Bottega Vinai Gewurtztraminer, funnily enough I have a bottle of this in the fridge at home, it is a fabulous wine.
As a starter, I ordered bruschetta pomodoro, simply tomatoes on toasted bread, a delicious start to the meal, with a good glug of olive oil and a grind of black pepper.
Main course, because it is very limited on the vegan front, was fusilli pomodoro (yes more tomatoes) without Grana Padano cheese, although I snook in some Good Carma Food chilli Flavour Fusion Spreadable, to give it a good kick.
I ordered a side of vegetables with olive oil, instead of butter, but for £4.25 what a pathetic portion., the mark up must be astronomical.
To be fair the food was tasty and well seasoned, but this is not cheap eating and portions are not huge. I have a love/hate relationship with Piccolino, yet I do make return visits, but do I think it is value for money, the more I go and see the shrinking portion sizes, definitely not.