I tried Kingswood’s Italian restaurant with excellent wood-fired pizza

Taking its name from a city and region in Northern Italy, Ravenna is one of two Italian restaurants located in the heart of Kingswood. Like its competitor, La Passione, it is situated within metres of the Kings Chase Shopping Centre.

Being a Monday evening, it was an easy choice between the two. La Passione is closed on Mondays so we decided to check out Ravenna instead.

As we walked in just after five, we found ourselves in an empty restaurant. The atmosphere was pleasant and the decor and outdoor seating gave the place a holiday feel- I imagined I was in Italy, although I have never been there.

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Our unexpected arrival was initially met with surprise, but the service was friendly and prompt. At first I wondered if we would be the only customers for the evening, but a few other groups who appeared to be Kingswood locals arrived as the evening progressed.

Although I could have potentially eaten Penne Arrabiata as a vegan option, if I had asked them to serve it without the parmesan cheese, I decided to ditch the vegan diet for the evening instead. I wanted a pizza, and vegan pizza was not an option so I chose the Romana Padona and went for a Funghi Bosco to start.

Not being an expert in Italian cuisine or grammar I am not able to confidently conclude if the very cheesy ‘Funghi Bosco’ starter (£7.50) would qualify as a dish which contributes to an ‘authentic Italian Italian experience’. The mushroom forest dish served in Ravenna, Kingswood, contained mostly sauce and button mushrooms.

Although the sauce was flavoursome and the tasty toast helped to soak it up, I probably would not order it again if I were to return. However, I enjoyed The Romana Padona pizza which consisted of ‘ homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, caramelised red onions, spinach, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. The best bits of the pizza, which left me far too stuffed to even consider a dessert, were its crispy base and masses of caramelised onion.

As we were immediately served with a jug of water at arrival, I didn’t feel the need to order a soft drink. I would have chosen Chianti but, being the only adult at our table with a desire for red wine and it not being available as a glass, I went for the house red, which was pretty average.

For children, there is a selection of options, which are £7 a dish, but there is no set menu which means drinks and desserts need to be ordered separately from the main menu. Children can choose a small pizza with up to two toppings, a salad or chicken nuggets and chips.

Although the extensive menu offers a good range of vegetarian options and states that vegan options are available on request, it wouldn’t be my first recommendation to a non-meat eater looking for an Italian in Bristol. This is because there are no vegan options on the menu, not all the vegetarian items are marked with ‘v’ and the ‘mains’ and ‘risotto’ sections are purely meat and fish dishes.