FOOD REVIEW: Authentic Italian flavours at The Oven in Bath

THE Oven is located in the bustling centre of Bath but is a cosy restaurant for couples or groups to enjoy the amazing flavours of Italy.

The main draw was the big pizza oven and the open kitchen so you can see you pizzas being made by the chefs.

All the staff were really friendly and as we enjoyed our meal the space filled up.

We popped in at 6pm and were able to grab a table straight away.

One highlight was listening into a group of American ladies talk about their trip to the area, which included seeing Stonehenge.

The waiter to their table dealt with their somewhat bizarre request for camomile tea served over ice and a shared calzone.

Meanwhile back on our table we were served a juicy portion of olives and Arrosticini, lamb marinated in rosemary and olive oil (£8).

The lamb skewers were served on a bed of salad and plum tomatoes and were delicious.

The meat was cooked to perfection, simple but effective, it was a great little bite to eat before the large mains were served.

For mains I went for a pasta dish served on a pizza, the carbonara pizza (£12), with everything chucked on bar the spaghetti. There was pancetta, egg, Grana Padano cheese and generous portions of black pepper.

A big lover of anything cheesey, music, films or pizza toppings, I loved how rich and creamy the pizza sauce was.

The salty pancetta gave it a good punch and the portion was large enough without being too much.

Robby had a vegetarian option, despite not being veggie he just loved the combination of flavours, he tells me.

On the pizza was goats’ cheese, caramelised red onion, rocket and pine nuts (£12.50).

The pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven at high temperatures, giving a puffy, slightly singed crust and unique taste that has seen the restaurant win awards.

For pudding I went to a tiramisu, a huge chunk of coffee, creamy goodness.

Robby had the ice cream, and we thought had misheard the waiter when they said it was melon.

Maybe it was lemon flavour we thought, but when it was served, it had the distinctive taste of a honeydew melon.

It was delicious.

I had a peach iced tea (£3.50), which was served from a can with a glass and ice.

Robby had a sparkling limonatta (£3.50) which is quite a standard price for essentially posh lemonade in a restaurant.

Located just a short stroll away from the Theatre Royal, it was the perfect place to check out before a much anticipated performance of Shrek The Musical.

The show by the way was fantastic, performed by the Bath Light Operatic Group, I was super impressed with the costumes and staging as well as the live orchestra and comical performances onstage.

The meal was £52 all together for two people sharing a starter, and having a main and dessert each, with non alcoholic drinks.

It was a lovely setting, very relaxed and I would definitely go there again.

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