A RESTAURANT nestled in the centre of Droitwich has been described as having the "authentic taste" of Italy - so I decided to put this statement to the test.
All'Angelo is a quaint Italian restaurant on Queen Street that has amassed its fair share of awards since opening just over three years ago.
Among achieving its first Rosette for Culinary Excellence last year, the venue has also been a finalist for the 6th Annual Italian Awards, hosted in Italy, and has been a finalist in the Visit Worcestershire Awards multiple times.
Many foodies have gone to TripAdvisor raving about how the eatery has the rare "authentic taste of being back in Italy", so it became only natural to see what the hype was about.
I decided to visit the restaurant a day after the launch of its new menu, which is said to be inspired by autumn in Worcestershire.
I ordered a three-course meal consisting of a sharing platter, three bruschetta for £16.95, flacked lamb gnocchi for £16.50 and a Strawberry Tart for £8.45.
The three bruschetta consisted of ricotta cheese, mushrooms, leeks, and parma ham on three toasted bread slices.
As a disclaimer, I did share this starter and would definitely not recommend taking this dish on by yourself - it is super filling!
The starter was nice but very heavy, so I would make sure you pick a less carb-based main to complement this.
The star of the show was the flacked lamb gnocchi.
The sauce unleashed an array of flavours which perfectly complimented the lamb's tenderness.
I would recommend ordering this if you are a pasta lover, and this dish showed from the first bite why the restaurant had won so many culinary awards.
Finally, I moved on to my pudding, made up of custard, elderflower mascarpone and meringue.
The attention to detail in this dish's presentation was excellent and provides a perfect photo opportunity for anyone who loves uploading pictures of their food onto social media.
One thing I was really impressed with was the waiting staff, and their attentiveness to detail was almost as impressive as the food itself.
My waiter took the time to run through the wine menu and even asked the chef to see which wine would complement my flacked lamb gnocchi.
It was an 'above and beyond' service I have not encountered often.
Overall, All'Angelos provided not just an adventure with flavours but also came with a high-end service which made customers feel special.
From my evening there, it's clear why the venue has received so much praise, and it is a restaurant I look forward to visiting again.