It was Johnny’s 20th birthday a few weeks ago and so we decided to go out for a really nice meal/date. We chose Bianco43 which is an Italian restaurant chain that I believe is exclusive to London. While the food was incredible, some of our experience was a little lacking…
Firstly, let’s start with the wine. I never used to be a snob about wine (as a student, you kinda can’t be!) but now I know what I like, and unfortunately what I like is a really nice, dry Sauvignon Blanc and at quite a lot of Italian restaurants, they don’t really offer that. Honestly, the wine we went for was complete piss. We both went for a carafe which is 500ml and I think mine was £12 and Johnny’s was £15 and quite honestly, it was utter piss. It was far, far to sweet for me but also it kind of burned the back of my throat like vodka which decent wine isn’t supposed to do. I think I’ve been spoiled by bottles of wine that are £20 on Ocado, but my point still stands: don’t order the cheap wine from here!
The menu was really nicely done on this newspaper style and very varied with lots of choice. They claim to be the best pizzeria in London but Johnny and I went for risotto as it is really a firm favourite of ours and Johnny makes a mean one, so we are always interested to see what others are like in comparison. We didn’t get a long time to ponder the menu, however. The waitress was very, very pushy, coming back to the table every 2 minutes even though we said that we weren’t ready yet and hadn’t decided. I think they were really pushing for a high turnover and wanted to get people in and out as fast as possible but on a special meal out like this one, it was kind of bad that we felt rushed and pressured.
The food however was delicious. We both went for a rosemary and pancetta risotto which honestly had the best texture and consistency with the crisp and salty pancetta, the buttery and rich rice and the floral taste of the rosemary. We both polished the meal off extremely quickly due to how completely delicious it was. My mouth is watering just looking back at that photo and while it might look like nothing special and just a packet of Uncle Ben’s, it was truly mouthwatering and one of the best risottos I’ve had to date – apart from Johnny’s of course!
When it came to the bill, it was a lot more than I expected it to be and that was due to a 12.5% service charge. I really didn’t want to pay due to how pushy our waitress was, and how she essentially pushed our table into the rear wall just to make room for another one, while we were sat on it and enjoying our food! However, I’m too nice of a human to ever refuse a service charge and unwillingly handed over my debit card to the waitress who’d slammed my chair into a back wall. I really despise service charges as someone who always leaves a tip. They’re super Americanised and really unnecessary, and this is coming from someone who used to work in a restaurant.
If you’re heading off on a date and want a reasonably priced Italian with delicious food then I suggest Bianco43 for sure. And, if you’re looking to wine (well, maybe not here…) and dine someone but can’t find anyone in your area, you can always check out these area specific dating sites; there is a Northampton dating site, a Bristol dating site, a Kent dating site, an Aberdeen dating site and even an over 50s dating site for all you golden oldies!
Overall, I really enjoyed our meal out at Bianco43 in Greenwich. However, the service was pretty poor and the wine was really bad (but that’s probably just my snobbery) but I’d love to go to another branch of it, order a pizza and maybe stay off the vino!
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