We have been to Locale Mio quite a number of times since it opened last year and during the lockdown ordered a few takeaways from them as well, so it was great to see them back in action after restrictions have been eased. Right behind the Guildford Hotel it is a stylishly set up room, a dark tile serving area giving pride of place to a copper wood fired pizza oven, moving along to a striking bar with a wall of spirits behind it, wall murals and very comfortable leather look chairs.
They have an extensive menu ranging across a selection of hot and cold entrees, larger mains, pasta and pizza from that impressive revolving oven.
We popped in for dinner during the week and began with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River – the Jilyara Honeycomb had plenty of plum and blackcurrant aromas, while the juicy palate was full of mulberry, blackberry and mint flavours. Good drinking.
A couple of entrée sized dishes for me – Polpo e Papate – a cold dish of marinated Fremantle octopus with chopped chat potato, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers was a great start – the octopus tender but with a nice al dente chew and the salty capers and olives offset the sweet acid of the marinade and tomatoes.
Then their playfully named Scalloppine – panfried scallops, plump, juicy, served on bed of Jerusalem artichoke puree and with a scatter of artichoke crisps – a lovely dish, well presented and a must if you are a lover of scallops.
And for my dear Lady FWO – well she went for a pasta dish – Caserecce ragu d’agnello – fresh pasta with slow cooked lamb shoulder ragu, meltingly tender lamb cooked in a rich tomato based sauce.
Finally, because we could we decided to try one of the desserts on offer – and what a beauty -Tarta mandorie e cioccolato -warm rich crumbly chocolate almond tart with creamy vanilla gelato. Perfect end.
We were happy to see these guys back in action, they certainly add a lot to the Guildford dining scene – friendly, welcoming staff, well set up and with top class food and wine.