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. And recently they have launched a food cart set up on the footpath outside, Via Porchetta, serving takeaway hot pork rolls with a variety of accompaniments and if the queues we witnessed are anything to go by this will be a hit.
We popped in for lunch during the week and tried a couple of glasses of an Italian rosé from Feudi Del Vencovo and moved on to Credaro 5 Tales Cabernet from Margaret River – both good drinking.
As to the food, a starter of baccala croquettes – salted cod in a crisp batter served with a mildly spicy puttanesca sauce – got the taste buds tingling.
And then, well the traditional spaghetti with juicy meatballs in Napolitana sauce was perfectly suited to the day’s wintery weather.
And a plate of house made orrechiette with wild broccoli, shaved dry ricotta and a drizzle of chilli oil was another perfectly pitched Italian dish, and rounded out our lunch.
Always good to get along to Locale Mio, they certainly add a lot to the Guildford dining scene – friendly, welcoming staff, well set up and with top class food and wine.