Review on Terracotta
Terracotta restaurant sits behind a delightful cream-painted frontage on Hythe High Street where well-seasoned owner Giancarmine has set up a convivial and pleasing Italian restaurant with a sense of style. With more than 25 years' of experience under his belt, he should know what he is doing.
The interior has been prettily dressed up with eye-catching prints and artwork, pastel colours and the odd flash of exposed brickwork. It provides a relaxed backdrop for Italian food that mixes old favourites with some individual touches. A fistful of familiar pizzas rubs shoulders with all manner of risottos and pastas (from tagliolini with asparagus, thyme and crabmeat to tagliatelle with chicken in lemon sauce). Much of the produce comes from the family estate in Italy, no kidding, like olive oil from their home grown olives.
Starters of beef carpaccio with artichoke hearts or 'frittura di mare' give way to 'secondi' ranging from roast whole sea bass with herbs to stinco (braised pork shank with tomato, onion and bean sauce). The wine list offers some decent Italian drinking at fair prices but take advice because, they have some little known stuff in their private cellar that is stunning.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 3.00pm Sat-Sun
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express