Kay Taylor was impressed with the humble Italian on the high street, and felt like she was miles away
I think I may have found Leyland’s best kept secret.
It’s not exactly hidden away, because it is on the high street, but there’s something about Isolabella which makes you feel like you’re one of a limited few to have discovered it.
I got a good feeling as soon as I walked into the Italian restaurant, which is on Hough Lane and has just had new, fancy fencing put up outside to create an outside eating area.
The atmosphere is cosy and cute, with little tables dotted around the red-themed room.
My boyfriend and I were seated near the small bar and felt like we were in our own little world, despite the restaurant gradually getting busier as the night progressed.
We hadn’t been on a proper ‘date’ for a while, so we wanted to make the most of it.
We started by ordering a glass of house red wine for me, and a bottle of Peroni for him, while we took our time perusing the menu.
All the usual options of pizzas, pastas, chicken and meat dishes were there, but all of it sounded so good, I didn’t know what to choose.
To start the meal off, we ordered a bowl of olives to share, which was the biggest bowl of olives I’ve ever come across.
They were pitted (always a plus) and served in a garlic oil with antipasti, so could have been ideal for a proper starter for one.
Jack had a look at the specials board and went for the chicken wings, which weren’t too heavily spiced, and were served with salad.
I went for an old favourite, garlic and cheese-stuffed mushrooms, because I think you can gauge how the rest of the meal will be on the standard of a good stuffed mushroom.
In this case, I knew I was in for a treat.
The mushrooms came with a tasty sauce and I polished them off in no time.
Next, Jack had a pizza which he helped design himself.
He couldn’t decide between a four cheese, or one with anchovies, olives, capers and sun dried tomatoes, so he asked for one with everything on.
The manager, a lovely chap who makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door, was more than happy to help, and proceeded to top up our drinks ready for the main courses to arrive.
Jack’s pizza was delicious, but quite honestly, it was nothing compared to my steak medallions with roast potatoes, vegetables (carrots and broccoli, nice and crunchy) and whiskey sauce.
The meat was amazing, cooked to perfection (medium, as requested) and was the highlight of the meal.
I’ll admit we didn’t even look at the dessert menu because we were more than satisfied with what we’d already enjoyed, and with drinks, the bill came to just over £50.