Bristol is set to welcome yet another new addition to the already vibrant food and drinks scene here, with the arrival of Andrew Griffin’s Italian restaurant, Bomboloni, which is due to open in June.
Bristol chef Griffin, whose roster includes Prego, Tart Cafe and Marwicks to name a few, will open his new venture on Gloucester Road – in what was formerly Biblos on the hill. The restaurant’s name comes from Italian doughnuts, which are filled with cream, salted caramel or chocolate ganache and which all will be made on site daily (get to the back of the queue guys, I’m first).
The restaurant has been a labour of love for Andrew and his family, who have been regularly documenting the venue taking shape on its Instagram page. They have installed a charcoal grill and pizza oven and also completely redecorated the interior. Andrew’s wife Sara and daughter Molly will also be working in the kitchen as part of his team of chefs, so this really is a family affair.
Bomboloni will be open all day and into the evening; at lunchtime you will be able to take your pick from a selection of seasonal salads, pizzetta and the bake of the day, which could include for example, cannelloni or aubergine parmigiana. There will also be one pasta dish and one risotto available, which will be subject to changes in keeping with seasonal produce. Then between 5 – 7pm, the restaurant will operate a family service and a menu which will include Italian favourites such as meatballs and pasta dishes, arancini and a range of pizzas (keep your eye out for family deals as well). After 7, the grill will be fired up to serve whole grilled fish, marinated chicken, rib eye steaks and grilled vegetables. This will all be complimented by small, reasonably priced wine and Italian bottled beers, local guest ales and a selection of soft drinks.
Griffin says, “Our aim for Bomboloni is to achieve the atmosphere of a relaxed, Italian family kitchen. We aim to provide excellent value for money and great quality, to make Bomboloni accessible to everyone.”
Sara added, “After 7pm, things will become a little more grown up, but we’ll still be informal and easy going. We’re there for the nights there is nothing in the fridge or you can’t be bothered to cook but you fancy fresh and tasty food. Equally we’ll have the Pignoletto chilled at all times in anticipation of a celebration or special evening! We can’t wait to get the door open and welcome everyone in!”
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