The Welsh Valleys have long had a strong relationship with Italy. Ever since people started leaving the Apennines in the 19th century to work in the mines and run fish and chip shops in Wales, there's been an undeniable taste of Italy about the region's food. From fish and chips and ice cream parlours, Welsh Italians in Abergavenny started restaurants aplenty. Nowadays, new trattorias open up all the time, allowing gourmet food fans to take their fill of pizzas, pasta, and all of the other gastronomic delights Italy is famous for.
In fact, some of Abergavenny's finest restaurants serve Italian cuisine. Take La Brasseria Italiana, for example. With its city centre location, this ristorante is conveniently located for workers, shoppers and visitors from the countryside, and it's well worth a visit. The food is of gourmet quality, with perfectly grilled beef steak (bistecca), along with intriguing spins on traditional salads using ingredients like avocado mousse. When you combine food of that quality with a relaxed atmosphere, the fusion is tough to resist.
The food at Abergavenny's best Italian restaurants isn't just delicious, authentic and thoroughly sourced, it's also one of the healthiest ways to enjoy a satisfying restaurant meal. With dishes like grilled sea bream in a cherry tomato sauce or scallops cooked with a few flakes of pancetta, you can enjoy the rich tastes of continental cuisine without ruining your day's calorie count. And if you need a protein injection, the steaks and chicken pasta dishes available at Abergavenny's Italian restaurants will do the trick, too.
If you want to expand your exploration of Italy's food, there are also plenty of great Italian restaurants in Abergavenny's neighbours. A few miles south in Newport, Vittorio's is an institution where traditional decor and timeless dishes coexist with a very modern idea: veganism. Unusually for a restaurant serving food from Italy, everything on the menu is suitable for the vegans among us, so if you're avoiding meat and dairy, it's a wonderful restaurant to visit. But whether you're going vegan or looking for pizzas covered in pancetta and seafood, Quandoo makes booking Italian restaurants near Abergavenny simple.