Trattoria 51, a budding new restaurant in Liverpool opened in October 2013. You would be forgiven for missing this hidden gem if you are a student in Liverpool as it is located in the business quarter of Liverpool, an area many of us students would never think to visit. Here at LSMedia, however, we were cordially invited to visit the Liverpool branch of Trattoria 51 (an addition to the Trattoria 51 restaurant in Southport after its success there).

Both myself and my companion were greeted by welcoming and friendly staff, eager to discuss the history of the restaurant and the menu with us, showing the pride that staff clearly have for this beautifully decorated restaurant. After being taken to our table and given some house rose wine from Sicily (at the very reasonable price of £16), we were then treated to a delightful selection of bread and olives.

Trattoria 51 crab ravioli

The selection on the menu is vast. So much so that it was a difficult and long decision in choosing what exactly to eat. As well as doing the classic Italian dishes one would normally expect such as pasta, risotto and pizza, Trattoria 51 also offers food including other meat dishes such as steak and marinated chicken breast so there really is something on offer to cater for everyone’s tastes. On top of this, there is also a soup of the day, but also a pate of the day which is a nice extra touch. In the end, I decided to settle on the Crab ravioli in a light creamy and shrimp sauce (£6.95) for my starter (A special on the day) and a restaurant favourite Penne polpette for my main (or to you and me home made meat balls with melted mozzarella and tomato sauce) (£7.95). To my absolute delight, the Crab ravioli came with an abundance of shrimp and as well as tasting simply delicious with the blend of cream mixed with the shrimp and crab parcels beautifully, it was also a very generous portion. My companion chose Gamberoni Piccanti for her starter – a dish combining King prawns with chilli, white wine, garlic and cherry tomatoes accompanied by crusty bread (£6.95) – another generous portion which I was told was simply delicious.

Onto the main courses and my Penne polpette did not disappoint. If you like meatballs, this is a dish not to miss! The combination of meatballs with the tomato sauce and pasta was delectable and with a very generous portion given once again, it was actually a struggle to finish all of the food! At the student friendly price of £7.95 for a main course, this is the ideal place to go to celebrate a birthday or some other special occasion with friends. My companion had the Capra pizza, a pizza combining goat’s cheese, sundried tomatoes and caramelised onions. Again at the price of £7.95 for this main course, you really cannot go wrong at Trattoria 51.

In addition to the wide selection of food on offer here, a gluten free choice is also available on most dishes and so Trattoria 51 is aware and eager to please all guests who visit their restaurant. All in all, Trattoria 51 is a restaurant providing high quality, deliciously tasting food at a reasonable price; a perfect place to visit for any Liverpool student!  photo 3

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