Location, location, location. Sadly that is pretty much all Ristorante Bari has going for it. Nestled half way along the Shambles, York’s most historic and atmospheric street, this ‘authentic’ Italian seems to offer a lot, yet sadly delivers little.
After a longer than acceptable wait, my trout cooked in a parcel of fresh seafood arrived as a bland trout wrapped in tin foil with a few over cooked prawns which I can only assume came straight from a freezer bag. The side dishes that accompanied it can only be described as bizarre- roast potatoes & boiled carrots. Who expects to be served roast potatoes in an Italian?
My girlfriend’s choice of smoked chicken, ham and mushrooms in a white creamy sauce defeated her after half a plateful. At first this seemed like her usual food cowardice but when she rushed to the toilets to vomit I suspected the potent Italian sauce could have been the culprit!
To be fair this little place offers reasonably priced Italian staples, with pizza and pasta dishes from £6, but when your date spends most of the time in the toilet and you are stuck in a corner with a loud Yorkshire women smoking away in the non-smoking section, that doesn’t seem count for much.
Reviewed by Jamie Merrill