Now, I don’t usually do this.

In fact, I usually leave restaurant reviews to professionals like Frusher on Food or the Leyland Leader.

However, my wife and I had such a wonderful time at Sugo Pasta Kitchen in Altrincham on Friday, it would be rude of me not to loudly sing its praises.

Established by a friend of ours only four months ago, Sugo can be found in a snug alcove opposite Altrincham Market. Its central location attracts lots of passing trade but also its already fine reputation is driving customers in from all over.

As its name suggests, the restaurant specialises in pasta dishes inspired by the tastes of Southern Italy, particularly Puglia, where the owners’ family originates from.

Sugo

With only 25 covers, the intimate nature of the restaurant gives it a homey quality, complete with open kitchen, outstanding friendly service and the impression that you are experiencing fine, authentic cooking. We were able to enjoy some Prosecco, but with a fine and balanced selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, you will have plenty to satisfy your palette.

And then there’s the food.

They don’t have a menu per se. Rather, the chalkboard just features what ingredients and dishes they’ve been able to whip up on a day-by-day basis, meaning that you’d never have the same experience twice!

To begin, we shared a beautiful (hot!) salami and rocket salad to start which was a mouthwatering antipasti.

Following that, we were both tempted in by the slow-cooked octopus and anchovies in a rich tomato, chilli and garlic sauce. The taste was sumptuous, all carefully prepared by our friend Alex in the kitchen whose eye for presentation and capacity for flavour really set the tastebuds racing.

Our friend Alex in fine form as head chef

Our friend Alex in fine form as head chef in the background

To finish was a terrifically light and fruity pear panacotta, a perfect end to a spicy and delightful Italian meal.

Forget the middle of Altrincham, if it hadn’t been for the coolness of the evening, we could have been downtown Bari or overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Sugo Pasta Kitchen – if you can get in, you’ll never want to get out!