Tricolos, Scarborough: Laid-back charm at classic Italian eaterie

Tricolos ... Goat's cheese crostini
Tricolos ... Goat's cheese crostini

Tricolos has been a fixture in Newborough for as long as I can remember.

However, I can count the times I’ve been for a meal there on one hand.

There is no particular reason for this, but with a number of Italian restaurants in Scarborough, all different from one another, Tricolos has – perhaps unfairly – not been a regular haunt for me in the past few years.

But following my recent visit, that could be set to change.

My mum and I were greeted at the door with a smile and taken through into the warm, welcoming restaurant.

It reminded me of an eaterie you might visit while on holiday, with twinkling fairy lights, rustic decor and a relaxed ambience.

We arrived just before 7pm, having booked, and the restaurant was already fairly busy, with families, couples and a large party seated upstairs.

As I’d booked for two, we were given a cosy spot, just tucked away from the main open-plan area in the middle of the restaurant.

I wondered if they were expecting a couple on a romantic night out, but mum and I were quite happy with our table for two!

The staff were very efficient, taking our drinks order and bringing them over in a flash.

The menu gives a great range of options, with starters including bruschetta (£4.95), steamed mussels (£7.95) and garlic mushrooms (£5.50).

Thinking ahead to make sure we had room for dessert, we ordered a goat’s cheese crostini (£5.95) to share.

The dish – grilled bread topped with goat’s cheese, tomatoes, pesto and a balsamic reduction – made for a light and tasty starter.

Main course choices were also plentiful, with salads, pasta – both speciality and “al forno” – plus pizza, calzone, meat and fish.

Pizza and pasta are priced at around the £9 mark, with certain dishes available for £5.50 during happy hour (Mon-Fri 5pm to 6pm, Sat 4pm to 5pm, Sun 4pm to 6pm excluding Bank Holiday weekends).

I opted for Penne con Funghi (£8.75) and my mum chose Rustica (£8.95), a baked pasta dish with broccoli, cherry tomato and red onion, cooked in home-made tomato sauce, topped with goat’s cheese and mozzarella.

We also went for a side order of garlic panini with mozzarella (£3.75 – six pieces) to share.

The food arrived promptly and the portion sizes were generous. I really enjoyed my pasta dish. It was creamy, garlicky and packed with roasted field mushrooms.

Mum enjoyed her baked dish, which had a good mixture of pasta and vegetables, with a generous topping of cheese.

The garlic bread was also lovely, but as the pasta was so filling, we left some and our waitress boxed it up for us to take home.

To finish our very enjoyable meal, we ordered a hot butterscotch sundae (£5.25) and an Amaretto Special (£5.75), vanilla ice cream drizzled with Amaretto, topped with cream and crushed Amaretti biscuits.

The sundae could have done with a little less sauce, as it was very sweet, and the heat of it all but melted the ice cream, but all in all we were very happy. I won’t leave it so long next time.

The meal in total, with soft drinks and a coffee, cost £49.55.

Ratings

Food 8

Menu choice 9

Service 9

Decor 8

Ambience 8

OVERALL 8