Nestled in the corner of York Place is the latest addition to Clifton-Rosemarino. For as many years as I lived in Bristol, I never found a good Italian restaurant to rely on. This cosy Italian cafe is just what I was searching for. I went to Rosemarino with two of my friends for brunch on a Saturday. The decor is a light and very airy upstairs and a spiralling staircase leading to a cosy, warm downstairs. The walls are decorated with beautiful paintings and the rustic tables make you feel at home.
They have a very simple breakfast menu but with an Italian twist. We ordered 'Tommy's one pan wonder' which is bacon, sausages, onions, mushroom and potatoes fried in one pan with two eggs cracked on top and melted cheese, served with toast and was served on a black slate plate.
I found this to be an excellent substitute for the traditional English breakfast. Unlike some Italian restaurants, the food was neither loaded with cheese nor was it under seasoned. Every element in the plate was cooked to perfection and the presentation was impeccable. To wash it all down we also ordered a mocha and organic lemonade which was served by the super friendly waitress.
Though the lunch and dinner menus are minimal, it can easily be noted for the clever combination of ingredients. Whoever is running the business sure has a lot of experience in the field and the one behind the kitchen definitely knows what he is doing. They are also known for their reasonably priced excellent Sunday roasts. You could easily miss the chance if you don't book yourself a table. Within the one hour that I was there, the restaurant soon was filled on both floors.
If you're interested in booking a table or finding out more, have a look at the Rosemarino website for contact details.