Some Recent Reviews & Articles of Europa Italian Restaurant in the Press & Web:
Last year’s 25th anniversary for Europa coincided with a refurbishment and a fresh new look. There are yellow walls, reclaimed wood on the ceiling and filament lightbulbs. Set across two floors, there are rustic wooden tables imported from Florence and rush-seated Van Gogh-style chairs. The al fresco area on the pavement outside is a draw at lunchtime and on balmy summer evenings.
It’s still a tough time for the independents and many small restaurants are struggling as food costs and high rents continue to outstrip customers and turnover. Only last month, a restaurant on Park Street closed its doors with a whimper barely four months after opening them with a bang.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Europa is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, which is quite a milestone for any family-run independent restaurant, but especially one located in a city centre and surrounded by ever-increasing competition from the large national chains…. Read More
“Food has always been important in my family,” says Pietro Tallo. “All my family are good cooks. It is more important than work.” Fortunately for the 54-year-old, he’s been able to combine the two, successfully running Bristol restaurant Europa for 25 years. Read More
Some Recent Blogger Reviews of Europa Italian Restaurant…
After wandering all over Bristol and with a three hour performance of King Lear at the Old Vic Theatre ahead of us, Ad and I decided to have a hearty lunch to see us through the play and to dinner.
Knowing we fancied our favourite (Italian) we walked past Europa on St Stephen’s Street. A quaint restaurant with seating outside and an open front door with cheery staff working away, we headed in for their advertised lunch menu of starter and main for an impressive £6.50 Read More
Having left an unseasonably cold and very wet May evening at the front door I was offered a very warm, Italian welcome as I entered the Europa restaurant on St Stephens street.
The Europa team are enjoying a 25th anniversary this year. The restaurant has been an ever-present foody fixture feeding Bristol and its visitors for a quarter of a century. That is some achievement, particularly in light of such fierce competition following the food boom Bristol has experienced during that time. I was keen to equate myself with their latest menu. It’s a menu that changes at least three times a year, embracing the new with the traditional in terms of its offerings. Read More
It’s unsurprising to learn that Europa has been in Bristol for 25 years after scouring the internet for information about them. Trip Advisor scores Europa a 4.5 stars out of 5 and they were also shortlisted for Bristol Good Food Award’s “Best Front of House” and “Best Italian Restaurant” this year. A promising start.
Europa serve an extensive range of dishes which span over three different menus; a £6.50 lunch menu, a pre-theatre menu and a main menu. The food is not all strictly Italian but all the Italian restaurant essentials are there including pizza and pasta dishes which are listed under their proper Italian names, lasagne della casa and so on. There’s also gluten free pasta available too for anyone with intolerances. Read More
Some Recent Reviews of Europa Italian Restaurant on Trip Advisor…
“Terrific Food, Great Service”
Went to the Europa for the first time with our local theatre group for lunch. We were going to see a matinee of Swan Lake at Bristol Hippodrome and the lunch was organised by our club secretary. the restaurant is very convenient to the theatre, being a 5 minute walk away.
The restaurant has a comfortable friendly feeling and is decorated in warm tones of pale terracotta. As we were a large group (52) I was slightly apprehensive as to whether they would be able to cope with our food order but as we had pre-ordered our 2 course meal this presented no problem.
We were asked for our drinks orders which appeared promptly and soon after our main courses. I had ordered chicken pomadori which was a generous portion of tender chicken in tomato sauce with sauté potatoes and a mixture of chunky vegetables. Other main courses of penne pasta & pizza were well received and enjoyed. My dessert choice of the classic tiramisu was light and flavoursome as were other choices of amoretti mousse and ice-cream.
The staff were helpful and friendly and all worked hard to see we enjoyed our lunch and were satisfied with everything. Even the toilets upstairs were clean and in good repair (not always the case!)
I will definitely return to the Europa when I’m next in Bristol ( I live only an hour away). Very good value and great Italian food.
“Amazing and great value!!!”
My husband and I had an overnight stay in Bristol and chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday on a wet Tuesday evening. Having not been here before we didn’t know what to expect but were encouraged by the reviews. We booked online and we received a phone call to confirm our booking.
We were immediately greeted at the door, the lovely waiter wished me a happy birthday and showed us to our table.
We ordered bruschetta as a starter to share, carbonara and chicken tagliatelle for our main course and we each had a chocolate brownie cheesecake. The food was delicious, the best Italian food I’ve ever had. Our waiter was friendly and attentive and really made the occasion extra special for us. My husband had Peroni, I had the house white wine, which was lovely and we also treated ourselves to a Bellini cocktail to finish our evening.
The restaurant was busier than we were expecting and there was a great atmosphere. This place is very authentic and I’m so glad we chose to spend a special evening here. Thoroughly recommended and would definitely visit again.