Da Vinci Italian Restaurant combines history, tradition and passion for cooking. All the meals served here are cooked from fresh, quality ingredients.
For Aberdeen Restaurant Week we have put together a delicious set price 3 course dinner. Menu can be viewed in the link below.
Advance booking is highly recommended.
Tel: 01224 591810 or visit our website.
We look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant.
Da Vinci Italian Restaurant - ARW2020 Review
Look who’s back, back again. Restaurant Week’s back, tell a friend. And this time Aberdeen Restaurant Week has gone supersized!!! Not only are restaurants joining in from across the city but it’s also running for two weeks! Yup! TWO. WHOLE. WEEKS. And I am delighted to be on board as a brand ambassador again for this November serving.
When Aberdeen Inspired got in touch and asked me which restaurant I’d like to review - Da Vinci was up there at the top of my list. This was for a few of reasons 1) I’m a big fan of supporting local/independent businesses, 2) I’d never eaten there before and love using ARW as a great excuse to try new places, and 3) their menu sounded reeeaaalllllly good! A really extensive menu with 8 starters, 8 mains and 8 desserts to choose from - featuring some classic Italian dishes. Quite often you only have a small number of dishes to choose from on these types of set menus but I was really impressed with the amount of choice. The difficulty was going to be narrowing it down!
After much deliberation we managed to make our choices. So for starter I went for the chicken liver pate - an absolute favourite of mine. With fear of sounding like a pâtè Goldilocks - this dish was just right. Up there as one of the best pâtés I think I’ve had, the flavour was as smooth as the texture. And the chutney and toast that came with it were the perfect accompaniments. It was quite a chilly night so my husband, Alistair, opted for the cosy bowl of minestrone soup, which he said wasn’t ‘your bog standard minestrone’. It was hearty and tasty. The presentation of both dishes were really lovely. I mean, pâté and soup are quite difficult to make pretty, right? But how good do they look?! And they really did taste just as good as they looked.
CROSTINO TOSCANO Homemade chicken liver pâté on toasted bread, with a side of caramelised onions
ZUPPA FIORENTINA Minestrone-style Florentine soup with seasonal vegetables
For mains I reeeaaalllllly struggled to decide what to have. It was a good problem to have though - everything sounded delicious. I decided to go for one of their vegetarian dishes, the mushroom tagliatelle. The perfect ratio of pasta to sauce, and with the extra flavour boost from the truffle oil. Alistair always tells me ‘the money is in the meat’ so I wasn’t surprised when he ordered the ragù gnocchi. Underneath that cheesy top layer was a classic ragù bolognese with baked gnocchi. Comfort food at its best, these big bowls of pasta were just like big hugs of love. Perfect on a cold, autumn night.
TAGLIATELLE AI FUNGHI Tagliatelle in a creamy sauce, Porcini mushrooms and truffle oil
GNOCCHI RUSTICI AL SUGO Baked Italian gnocchi pasta in Ragù Bolognese and mozzarella
Now, let me tell you about those desserts. The menu stated the tiramisu was the ‘best’ so of course I had to find out if this was true ... and I wouldn’t say it was wrong! Again, beautifully presented but more importantly tasted soooo good! The perfect balance of cream, biscuit and coffee. I would definitely order this the next time I visit. Alistair decided to completely catch me off guard and go for the vegan chocolate cake for dessert (see previous comment about meat). Whether vegan or not, if you like chocolate cake - this cake is for you! Sweet enough for dessert but not too sickly you couldn’t lick the plate clean ... (not that we lick plates in restaurants ... we’re not animals ... anyway, I digress ... focus). And to finish it all off we can’t forget that cheeky shot of limoncello!
THE BEST TIRAMISÙ Traditional Italian dessert with mascarpone cream, coffee and Savoiardi biscuits
TORTA VEGANA AL CIOCCOLATO E FRUTTI DI BOSCO Vegan cake with chocolate and wild berries
All round, we really enjoyed our visit to Da Vinci’s and will definitely be going back. If I can be Goldilocks for one more minute, they really struck a perfect balance and got everything just right. We couldn’t fault the food in any way and the service and decor also need a shout out too! The staff were super lovely and I loved the mural on the back wall.
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