Romantica Italian Restaurant – Mere Green Review

Romantica Italian Restaurant is based pretty close to home to me. Situated in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield. It’s current ranked #2 on TripAdvisor for the area, and this was the first time I’d visited the restaurant, despite hearing positive reviews previously.

We attended the restaurant on warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. It was better weather than usual and this was of a lunchtime so it was a little more quieter than usual. The staff were very welcoming and attentitive when I’d arrived.

Garlic bread with tomato and mozzarella

We had Garlic Bread with tomato and Mozzarella to start. Not only did this look fantastic it tasted immense and packed with a punchy garlic taste but not too overpowering.

(Penne pasta, chicken,
prawn, white wine parsley and cream sauce)

For the Main Course I had Penne al Pollo e Gamberetti (or Penne pasta, with chicken, prawn, white wine parsley and cream sauce)

Despite looking a fairly basic pasta dish this was very creamy with a sweet taste of white wine, that really complimented the chicken and prawns.

I will be definitely visiting here again.

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Verdict: 9/10

Breakfast at the Ivy

The Ivy Full English Breakfast

Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day, but one of the meals that you rarely eat out. I was chuffed when our company had decided to have a meeting over breakfast, at The Ivy, Birmingham.

This new restaurant has popped in just off Temple Row replacing the old Louis Vuitton shop. A historic restaurant that screams class, tradition, and britishness.

The Ivy in Birmingham takes after its big sister restaurant in London. The interior decor oozes class, but a contemporary feel that doesn’t feel overwhelming. Upon our arrival we were pleasantly greeted by a member of staff where we were shown to our table whilst we ordered drinks.

The restaurant was empty, and we were the only diners in there at around 9am on a sunny Thursday morning in September.

The smiling waiter came over and greeted and showed sense of humor as he lifted my colleagues heavy silver plated teapot. He joked and smiled as he then served me a cappuccino.

Onto, the breakfast orders my colleagues ordered Eggs Benedict, and Eggs Royale. I couldn’t help but ordering the full english breakfast as I was intrigued to see how they would try manage such a big expectation on my behalf.

The eggs Benedict and Royale arrived and looked tremendous. I’d definitely consider ordering on my next visit if I was to return. However, when the full english arrived at my plate, my gosh was it a good-looking breakfast.

The waitress and other staff couldn’t do enough for us whilst we were seated but then again, we were the only people in there. The food was fantastic, and all four of us were impressed by our visit to The Ivy.

The Full English Breakfast cost £13.50, which I appreciate is pretty steep. However, considering I don’t eat breakfast out much the food was exceptional, the service second to none and I can’t wait to return.

Question is, do i have the full english again or try the eggs Benedict/Royale?

If you’re in Birmingham, then I’d definitely recommend The Ivy, if you’re looking for a high-end brekkie!

Verdict: 8/10

The Ivy is located Temple Row, Birmingham

The Ivy, Temple Row, Birmingham

Ped’s Pesto and Red Pepper Pasta

Pesto & Red Pepper Pasta
Pesto & Red Pepper Pasta –

Although this dish isn’t anything special, its tasty, fairly healthy and pretty easy to knock up. Stick a bit of grated cheese on it the next day and bang it in the microwave for a minute and BOOM you’ve got yourself a quick lunch fix the next day too!

The dish(s)

A quick and easy pasta dish that can be cooked in batches and saved for lunches/snacks. This dish can be done in 15 minutes and tastes banging!

This is enough to serve 2 people, I tend to make double this portion, and save them as quick lunch meals for the following days. Simply add grated cheeses and microwave for 45-60 seconds (800w)


  • 1 cup penne pasta
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (400g)  chopped tomatoes OR 4 large fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (I use mature Cathedral City)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Balsamic glaze for serving
  • Pinch of fresh basil for seasoning (optional)

Equipment needed:

  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven (if baking the pasta)
  • Pedro’s Pepper Pesto Penne Pasta:


  1. Cook pasta in line to packet instructions. Whilst the pasta is cooking, In a small saucepan, saute onion, pepper (and tomatoes if using fresh) in oil until soft. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes (if using tinned), basil, oregano, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain pasta; stir into saucepan. I used cold grated cheese on the one pictured, but you can bake the past by transferring to a baking dish. Top with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. And there you have it. A nice quick and easy pasta dish that can be kept in the freezer and reheated at work.

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Ped x