Simon Smith discovers pizza, pasta and all that jazz at Buon Gusto in Grindleton!
The delightful village of Grindleton is home to a new Italian restaurant at The Duke of York pub.
Buon Gusto translated is ‘good taste’, and that’s just what we were hoping for when we met up with some old friends Andy and Jules. The delightful bar area and a jovial host made us feel very much at home while the background music drifting from the dining room was delightful – jazz being played live. This was a real bonus on a Monday night as we all love that distinctive sound and were entertained throughout the evening, with our host Louis even joining in later on.
We nibbled on some lovely tiny pizza breads as we perused the menu, not the usual Italian menu, but a varied and interesting mix of dishes prepared by a chef brought in by the management from Sicily.
As we sat down to dine, a superb bottle of white was recommended to us from a list well chosen to include some different and interesting wines – ours was a delicious Inzolia from Sicily!
Chef sent us a little amuse bouche of aubergine to whet our appetites for the main event. To start I had chicken livers, pan-fried on bruschetta with green peppercorns – they were really succulent.
Judith, always keen to experiment, had goat’s cheese with herbs served on a tasty flat mushroom.
Andy must have been feeling very adventurous as he opted for ‘Picture on a Plate’, which featured asparagus baked with Parma ham and served with a superb soft polenta, a different combination with an excellent twist, which was delightful to look at and eat.
Jules chose the healthy smoked chicken salad, served with melon and avocado sauce, a combination new to us all but she didn’t share it!
On the daily specials board I spotted a spaghetti and crab dish, which sounded too good to miss, while Andy chose the special pizza, which was a superb combination of cheese, mushrooms, hot pepperoni and pepper. A misspelling of thighs on the menu, Milanese Di Pollo, Chicken ‘Tights’, amused Judith – these were flattened with breadcrumbs and served with superb baby tomatoes.
They were very tasty – and Judith is still giggling about it! Jules had a special fish dish, sea bass pan fried with flour butter and lemon served with broccoli, tomatoes and wilted spinach, a typical authentic Sicilian dish.
We were really too full for desserts – but we managed! Tiramisu for Judith and a rich crème caramel for me. Jules was tempted by the story of the Cannoli alla Siciliana, a tube of delicate pastry filled with a ricotta cheese based crème, apparently it takes 15 hours to prepare but trust me, Jules didn’t take that long to finish it! Andy polished off an apple strudel, not very Italian but it was scrumptious.
Buon Gusto at The Duke of York has a lovely atmosphere – especially with the jazz on Monday nights. With a great host and imaginative tasty food, it’s well worth a trip.
Buon Gusto at The Duke of York
Brow Top, Grindleton
Clitheroe BB7 4QR