Budget-Friendly Summer Dining at Prezzo, Reading.
One of those Italian chain restaurants that you know will be a reliable place to meet up with friends, I was pleased to have the chance to pop along to Prezzo and check out their summer set menu. At £15.95 for 2 courses and a drink or £18.95 for 3 courses and a drink (including prosecco, Peroni or wine), it sounded like something of a steal.
Prezzo in Reading is on the King Street side of the Oracle, away from the majority of restaurants which are found lining the canal. It’s a light and airy space with a contemporary design.
I know the restaurant best for pizzas – which I love. But, this time we both went ‘off-piste’ and ordered other main dishes.
My companion did relent and started with the spicy pizza bites – small mouthfuls of baked pizza dough rolled up with a filling of garlic, Italian cheese and chilli a bit like mini calzone. He loved the bites but was less enthused by the garlic dip which he found a little unnecessary.
My king prawns with chilli pomodoro sauce and garlic bread were rather overwhelmed by the sauce but were tasty and easy to eat. The excess sauce worked well with my garlic bread and with the spicy pizza bites.
For mains, he selected the penne primavera with goat’s cheese, a generous portion of pasta and cheese with a robust sauce.
My ‘pollo prosciutto’ left me yearning for pizza. While it sounded promising, the chicken breast seemed to have been treated in some way which affected the texture and the sage replaced by rocket. The whole dish, while bland but not unpleasant taste-wise, had a strange cotton-wool texture to the meat that I found odd.
We did enjoy a large bowl of rocket salad with parmesan cheese and balsamic dressing
Having been a little disappointed with my choice of main course, I consoled myself with a honeycomb smash cheesecake which was utterly delicious.
Next time, I’m going back to pizza, which Prezzo does so well.
This is the kind of place to go when you want to meet friends but don’t want anyone to feel they are paying over the odds. It’s excellent value – and there are a wide range of summer salads to complement the pizzas. I’d happily return but next time will be ordering a pizza to share and a main course salad to share (there’s a delicious-sounding ‘Goats Cheese Garden Salad’ and a classic chicken bacon and avocado salad on offer).
For the nearest Prezzo restaurant to you, check their website
10-12 King St,
For more places to eat out in Reading, do check our roundup of Reading Restaurants