Last rated: 25/06/2017
Jamie’s Italian works hard to ensure it uses responsibly sourced seafood. None of the seafood it serves is on the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) list of red-rated seafood that, amid environmental concerns, should be avoided. And a high proportion, such as the farmed mussels from Scotland and the pot-caught crab from Devon and Cornwall, are on the ‘green list’ of sources recommended by MCS as being particularly responsibly managed. While we would encourage Jamie’s to put more detail about sourcing on its menus, we are impressed by the restaurant’s attention to environmentally responsible standards for its seafood. Jamie’s Italian sets a great example.
We work hard to find the very best ingredients for all of our dishes. Everything is meticulously sourced from producers – both in Italy and around the UK – who share our ethos and take enormous pride in what they do. All our ingredients are responsibly sourced.
There’s no secret about Jamie Oliver’s love of Italian food and lifestyles, so it was no surprise he chose the theme for his nationwide eponymous chain. With Gennaro Contaldo as his mentor, Jamie’s concept was to re-create affordable and authentic dishes that could be enjoyed around an ‘Italian table’, where diners can relax, share and enjoy each others company. Rustic simplicity is the aim, carefully made but unfussy dishes with seasonal ingredients. Blackboard daily specials supplement the full menu, but all the dishes have a colourful signature vivacity. The pasta choice is particularly good: cockles linguine (£8.20/£13.35) or buffalo ricotta ravioli, for example. Antipasti take in crispy squid with ‘really garlicky mayo’ (£5.75) and English wild boar salami; from the mains, you can choose South Coast fritto misto (£15.95) or half a free-range, chargrilled chicken. Tuscan “eat & mess” wears a bit thin as an Anglo-Italian pun, but the mixture of fruit-rippled meringues, cream and berries sounds the biz, as does the chocolate and espresso tart and the pineapple carpaccio with mint, chilli and blood orange sorbet. Drink Milano - a pre-dinner Campari, fresh orange juice and prosecco. - and sample an intriguing pair of organic wines.