We all know that looks can be deceiving and that is certainly the case when it comes to this little beauty of a restaurant. Gian Biaz is discreetly tucked away in Wellingborough Road, Northampton, where there are restaurants and pubs aplenty. Gian Biaz doesn’t stand out in the Welly Road crowd. The building doesn’t really have the wow factor from the outside but inside is another matter.
Gian Biaz had been recommended to us as being a great place to eat, so on a sunny Wednesday evening we went to investigate.
My husband and I were one of the first in the restaurant and were greeted with a warm welcome and a choice of table.
We opted for a cosy table tucked away in the corner of the modern restaurant which has a lovely warm and vibrant feel.
Menus promptly followed and there was plenty on offer to tempt the taste buds. You can choose from share plates and nibbles, caldo (hot) and freddo (cold) starters. I chose the All’ Aglio – toasted garlic and herb bread with mozzarella (£3.50).
The portion was huge for the price and was full of flavour, topped off with gooey cheese. It was so big I couldn’t eat it all for fear of ruining my main course.
My husband chose the frittata – an Italian style omelette with spicy sausage, pasta and piedmount peppers with a green salad (£5.95).
He loved his starter which was bursting with flavour, particularly from the cured meat within it. Again the portion was a really good size.
There were plenty of mouth-watering dishes to choose from for mains. So much so that it was difficult to choose.
I went for the cannelloni
ripieni which was pasta filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, topped with a three-cheese sauce and baked in the oven (£10.95).
The dish came with a fresh side salad which was beautifully dressed.
The cannelloni was really different from any similar dish I’ve had before – and far better. It was perfectly cooked and a perfect blend of spinach and cheese.
My husband tucked into the prosciutto milanese – veal layered with mozzarella and prosciutto cooked in bread crumbs, served on a bed of spaghetti in tomato and basil sauce (£14.95).
The food was seasoned to perfection and the veal was succulent with a nice creamy twist coming from the mozzarella. Both main course portions were huge so we were feeling very full but decided to share an ice cream just to finish off the meal.
Three scoops of Italian ice cream arrived on a beautifully presented plate – the perfect end to a perfect meal.
Our food was washed down with glasses of Borgo San Leo (£5.95/250ml) and Merlot DOC (£6.95/250ml).
The service was faultless and the food freshly cooked with generous portions for the price.
By the time we left, the restaurant was full and had a fantastic atmosphere.
With the sun shining and the Mediterranean feel within Gian Biaz, it almost felt like we were on holiday.
Gian Biaz, which is a
family run business, just goes to show that independent restaurants can be fantastic.
An abundance of Italian chain restaurants have flooded the market in recent years but I would far rather visit Gian Biaz any day.
We will definitely be returning for another taste of Italy sometime soon.
VALUE: Very good
DISABLED ACCESS Toilets upstairs
COST OF OUR MEAL
FINAL TOTAL: £54.20
Alice’s star rating: 10/10
Telephone: 01604 633900