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The flavours of Italy at Restaurant Tressardi 

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The Tressardi Italian restaurant has been open for 15 years now and is still up there with the best restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz, serving mouth-watering traditional Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.

The décor inside and out is tasteful and reflects the region of Italy (Sardinia) where the owner Pietro and most of his staff come from. Pietro learnt his trade in Germany alongside some of the very best Italian chefs in the world, but like many good chefs he has adapted the best recipes and flavours to his own unique style. The dishes he loves to cook more than any other are his light healthy home-made pasta dishes, with a Mediterranean slant.

One of the things that sets this restaurant above many others is that they don’t have sauces mass made and then left in the fridge, they elaborate each sauce from the beginning as the order comes into the kitchen. The only sauce that is pre made is the bolognaise as this particular sauce takes them 3 hours to prepare and as Pietro pointed out to us, it would be unfair to make any client wait that long for their meal.

We arrived hungrily for lunch (especially my partner who had skipped breakfast yet again) and sat on the excellent airy terrace at the front of the premises. The wine of course had to be Italian and we ordered a half a litre of house white, it was crisp, dry and served chilled, which helped keep us nice and cool on the terrace.

We were first served with hot home-made bread, which smelt out of this world and prepared our stomachs beautifully for the meal ahead. I ordered antipasti for starters which comprised of melt in your mouth thinly sliced beef and strips of veal covered in a light tuna mayonnaise sauce, which worked very well, it was guarnished with sliced tomatoes and sliced buffalo mozzarella. My partner went for the king prawns in a spicy tomato sauce and wasn’t disappointed. The tomato sauce definitely had a bit of a kick to it without being too overpowering and leant itself superbly to dipping the home-made bread in. The king prawns were cooked to perfection and topped off this delightful refreshing dish nicely.

For our main course we both went for the veal steaks wrapped in Parma ham served with fresh spinach and covered in a light white wine sauce. I must say they were absolutely delicious and we devoured them with vim and vigour.

By now we didn’t have any space left for a pudding each, so we opted for one between the two of us. We ordered some freshly made Tiramisu and some of Pietro’s special chocolate mousse. The Tiramisu was laced with coffee, which my partner detests with a vengeance, so he says, but I didn’t see him complaining too much as he stole the last piece from under my nose. The chocolate mousse was excellent, not too hard, not too runny and not too sweet, no wonder Pietro prides himself on his secret recipe for the mousse, the restaurant was worth a visit just for that alone.

If you wish to try a taste of Italy, in a nice relaxed atmosphere whilst being waited on by staff who care about the food they serve then head to Calle Aceviños in la Paz, Puerto de la Cruz where you will find restaurant Tressardi about 100 yards past SM 2000.

Opening hours are from 15:00 to 23:00 from Sunday to Thursday and 15:00 to 24:00 Fridays and Saturdays and Wednesdays closed.

For reservations telephone 922 38 20 56