WITH a night at His Majesty’s ahead, having an Italian meal before the curtain rose added to the sense of occasion.
So sporting our finest frocks and heels, my friend and I made our way to Little Belmont Street,
The white-washed facade and arched entrance of the classic restaurant were as attractive as the delicious aromas spilling out.
And the warm decor and lush green plants gave Poldino’s a relaxed feel.
And there was a peaceful atmosphere which you don’t necessarily experience in other Italian restaurants.
With the option of two courses for £13.20 or three for £16.10, we were undecided which to choose when we ordered our starters.
My friend selected the calamari in salsa piccante. The seafood connoisseur found the squid a little chewy but the delicious kick of the sauce and ample portion left her satisfied.
I opted for the antipasto vegetariano. With succulent artichoke hearts, spicy peppers, a rocket and red onion salad, large olives and the largest breadstick I’ve ever seen, this huge plateful would have easily worked as a main course.
So by the time my linguine al pesto arrived, I was already running out of room.
However, the combination of my favourite ingredients – parmesan, fresh egg linguine, sun-blushed tomatoes, pine nuts, and pesto – made for a refreshing meal which I managed to tuck away no bother.
My pal plumped for the pizza con rucola for her main course.
The thin, crispy base, thick layers of melted cheese, and sweet tomato sauce were delicious in themselves.
But added to that, lashings of tangy rocket, chargrilled peppers and pesto made for a flavoursome feast.
Satisfied, we stared at the dessert menu wondering if our bodies could take more.
But my favourite dessert, tiramisu, with some Italian coffee to wash it down, was too much of a temptation.
The portion that arrived in front of me, several thick slices, should have been shared.
But not even the tantalising thick layers of cream, rich dark chocolate and coffee-soaked sponge could tempt my friend.
So I was left to power my way through – it’s a hard life.
With friendly service, a laid-back atmosphere and filling fare, it’s no wonder Poldino’s has been a big player on the Aberdeen dining scene for 33 years.