We love going out to restaurants as a family. I love going out, mainly becuase it means I get a day off from cooking, but also because the children get really excited and it doesn’t seem a chore to get them to eat. When we were offered to try out Prezzo’s La Famiglia Sharing Dish, we jumped at the chance. The children love Italian food and they love restaurants (another brownie point for mama!)
Prezzo La Famiglia – what is it?
These are generous sharing bowls of the most popular Italian dishes. You can choose between Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara or Penne Alla Rusticana. Which are all winners in everyone’s books.
The idea of Prezzo’s La Famiglia is that eating is more fun together. The traditional method of ordering dishes seperately when we go out with friends or relatives is normal. What happens is we then, inevitably, have food envy at your friend’s dish and think, “why didn’t I choose that?”.
We were very excited to try out the menu and the boys knew what they wanted before they got to the restaurant as they had looked at the menu. Also, when there is spaghetti on the menu, not much else gets a look in to be honest!
My two boys, my hubby and myself eagerly sat down, when we arrived in the restaurant. My hubby did have a few reservations, as he has a really good appetite (and I don’t know where he puts it all?), so was thinking that the portion size would be quite small.
We chose Spaghetti Bolognese, well the boys chose it. My hubby did a last second plea to the boys to ask them if they wanted to try the Spaghetti Carbonara, but they were having non if it, so hubby had to agree to it too. But, he secretly said, Spaghetti Bolognese was his favourite and he was just trying to test the kids!
We were sitting at a normal sized, 4 seater table and whilst the food was being prepared the children got busy with the childrens activity page. Which was well thought out and full of things to keep them entertained. When the food arrived, we did struggle with space on the table, as I didn’t realise how big the sharing bowl would be. The Spaghetti Bolognese was placed in the middle of the table, so we could all get access. The children were glowing with excitment, they hadn’t seen a bowl of spaghetti so large.
I served the boys their portions (and they were huge portions, thinking they wouldn’t eat it all). I had also ordered an additional light pizza, to keep the hubby happy, but upon seeing the La Famiglia sharing dish, he admitted he was wrong and said that the bowl would easily serve 4 people. Lesson learnt there I think (don’t listen to a Hungry Daddy!)
We all tucked in to the spaghetti. It was delcious and very filling. The boys were slurping away and having lots of fun, serving themselves. I let them do this at is encouraged them to eat more. They were chatting away and seeing who could suck their spaghettin in fastest. The mess was incredible! But, I was happy to see them eating, having fun and more importantly we were all having fun.
As hard as we had tried, we couldn’t finish the sharing bowl. There was probably one more serving left. My hubby, who is known for finishing any leftovers, admitted defeat! He simply couldn’t. My eldest even had a go with the big serving spoon. He fell back on his booth chair and said he couldn’t move!
Our desserts were next to come out. The boys were in heaven, their favourite flavours. They took their time eating them, as they were enjoying themselves. We looked at our watches and realised we had been in the restaurant over 2 hours! The time had gone so quickly, we had realises that the restaurant was nearly empty and we had arrived in the middle of lunch service!
We throughly enjoyed our visti to Prezzo and trying out the La Famiglia sharing dish. It is something we will definately try again and it is reasonably priced and will definately feed a hungry family of four. The meal comes with garlic bread and gelato, ice cream or sorbet, so great value for money.
To us, the sharing menu means, you can arrive at a restaurant, take 30 seconds to decide on something and relax and wait. Rather than scour through menu options and kids menus. It’s a great option, and one we will definately use again.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo. https://www.prezzorestaurants.co.uk/LaFamiglia/”