Sunday afternoon is fast becoming our slot for a spot of culinary indulgence, which usually means some form of chocolate and/or baked goods.
Our usual method for finding said treats is to head into the city centre and aimlessly wander about until something catches our eye, or until I get too hungry and start whining at Des (the hanger is real people).
Last weekend we started our usual ritual - 20 minute walk into the city, 20 minutes wandering about, then something REALLY caught my eye...
Whilst walking down a little back street, we came across the back of Lucia's, a place I usually think of as just a Bar and Grill restaurant. I remember having quite a few nice meals here actually during my students days!
Recently they have added a Patisserie to the back of the restaurant, a move which has prompted the addition of a massive pastry counter - this is what piqued my interest!
After taking a second to droll outside, we headed in. Des, understandably, needed little convincing at this point.
We were promptly sat by the window, which offers an excellent vantage point for a spot of people watching.
The interior is equally as fascianting to look at though, as Lucia's display (and sell) a range of authentic Italian goodies - including Grappa, coffee and lots of biscuits.
After taking a minute or two (OK, five) to peruse the counter, I knew I wanted to grab a selection of Italian biscuits. The question of exactly which ones to choose was slightly more problematic!
In the end we both decided to go for a cappuccino each alongside; Chocolate Cannoli, flaky Sfogliatelle (kind of like mini croissants) waffle like Pizzelle and a big slice of Pear and Chocolate Torte.
Our coffee arrived within minutes and was pretty decent actually. The roast was obviously very dark and bitter - authentically Italian! The milk was also properly frothed to the right cappuccino consistency - creamy, not foamy.
The pasties and biscuits were equally as authentic, (well in so far as someone who has visited Italy twice can tell). They were obviously very fresh and therefore satisfyingly crunchy!
Des ended up with the lion's share of the torte, so I can only speak of it as someone who managed a small bite. It was also excellent though, a fact which Des apparently can confirm (I would bloody hope so after how much he ate!)
Overall we were both very impressed and have actually already been back since these pictures were taken. Just a quick note on the service; which was absolutely fine, despite the fact the staff were obviously under pressure on a busy Sunday.
The cakes and pastries are the real stars here though. I now really have to restrain myself every time I'm in the city centre from going in and grabbing a selection to take-away....
We spent: £14 (ish) for coffee, biscuits and torte for two