Restaurant Review: Tappinos, Cleckheaton
Tappinos is a cosy little restaurant in West Yorkshire, serving some tasty Italian tapas.
A couple of weeks ago, I met a friend at Tappinos, located just outside Bradford, for a long overdue catch up. Tappinos serves Italian small plates - if you’ve read a couple of my other blog posts, you’ll know that I love a tapas style meal - so I was really excited for my first visit to this restaurant!
There is a big menu at Tappinos with plenty to choose from, including traditional Italian dishes like pizza, arancini and bruschetta. They also had a couple of Spanish items on the menu (and of course we ordered patatas bravas) and they had a small specials board too. Like I said, PLENTY to choose from!
We were recommended to order around 5-6 dishes, so we opted for 7, but the portions here are very generous. We would probably have been full with 5, and I ended up taking some of the leftovers home to enjoy the next day.
The highlight of our meal was the tartufo nero pizze; this had a margarite base topped with a whole burrata, truffle mortadella & pistachio, on a black dough. I love each of these separate elements, and all the flavours worked so well together. I would have been happy just with a full size version of the pizza for my meal, and if I came back it would be top of my list to order again.
Some of the other dishes we ordered were the grilled Italian sausage with polenta chips, king prawns with cannellini beans and sage, deep fried courgette flowers, and a gnocchi dish from the specials menu. Everything was delicious, and the food came out at a nice pace just as each plate was ready rather than being inundated with seven dishes at once and things going cold.
The restaurant is quite small, but it has a real buzz and great atmosphere. The customer service was excellent, the staff were friendly and very helpful.
Overall it was a wonderful evening with great food and great company.