New bar and eatery Tavernetta opens in St Peter’s Street, Ipswich

Tavernetta has opened at 10 St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Archant.

Tavernetta has opened at 10 St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Archant

Discover the gastronomy of southern Italy at new Ipswich bar and eatery Tavernetta.

The stylish new bar within Tavernetta in St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Amy Gallivan/Archant.

The stylish new bar within Tavernetta in St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Amy Gallivan/Archant. - Credit: Archant

Foodies who are looking to experience a southern Italian vibe by night, should head to Valentino’s sister business Tavernetta, which opened last Wednesday.

Situated next to the Gandhi restaurant, also in St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, diners will find a simple cuisine with a relaxed feel within the bar/eatery, which has been designed using a rustic/industrial look.

Bar manager Filippo Bonanno, who originally hails from Sicily in southern Italy, comments on the new venture: “We wanted to create an intimate environment where guests could come and relax with a cocktail and if they feel hungry, share one of our delicious platters for a family-style dining experience.”

And so far, guests seem to be enjoying the new menu with dishes including the bruschetta platter, the involtini di melanzane with stuffed aubergines, as well as meatballs, stuffed rice balls (arancini), baked mushrooms, ribs and much more.

Tavernetta has opened in St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Archant.

Tavernetta has opened in St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Archant

However if there’s room for something larger, Tavernetta also serves up tossed salads with salmon and walnuts, lasagne, penne al forna, chicken dishes, and involtini di pesce spade; a popular dish in Sicily, which comprises breaded swordfish rolls that are prepared with a tomato sauce, capers, olives and raisins.

To go alongside the extensive sharing menu, the large bar area stocks over 30 different varieties of gin and has almost 20 sorts of vodka to satisfy any spirit lover’s desire after work. There’s also a distinctly Italian wine list and six different types of Champagne to help a party toast to an occasion.

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“What’s different here, when compared to our sister business Valentino’s, is the fact we have more of an Italian-style tapas bar concept, rather than being a pizza/pasta-style restaurant. We also have a chilled-out feel, with jazz and ambient music playing in the background. It’s a great space to catch up with friends and family on any evening of the week,” added Filippo.

Find Tavernetta (gastronomia Italiana) at 10 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich or call 01473 805290.

Tavernetta has opened in St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Archant.

Tavernetta has opened in St Peter's Street, Ipswich. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Archant

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