Eating out as a family is for me one of those things that usually seems like a much better as an idea when I’m imagining it in my head than it actually turns out to be in reality. Let’s go for the stress free option, I think to myself. Yes, much nicer to have somebody cook and clear up for us, what a treat! But inevitably, before we’ve even ordered I end up mediating a fight between the two girls over my iPhone whilst simultaneously wrestling the boy away from stealing ice cream from the nice couple at the next table over whilst Carl repeats himself over and over through increasingly clenched teeth ‘Do you want pasta, sausages or chicken? Mabel? Pasta, sausages, or chicken? PASTA. SAUSAGES. OR CHICKEN???’
Eating out family style for us usually includes at least one spilt drink, 3-4 trips to the toilet, more time spent by the kids deliberating over what they want to eat than spent actually eating it, a lot of noise, a lot of mess and a lot of laughter.
When Prezzo invited us down to try out their new family style range of dishes LA FAMIGLIA, I was intrigued and excited. Could this be the answer to our eating out problems? The idea is you choose one big dish of pasta that serves 4 people which you then dish up at your table. It seemed like it would take a lot of the fuss out of restaurant dining with little people and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
There are four different La Famiglia pasta dishes on the menu, but for our family there was only ever one choice. Every family has a few old favourite crowd pleasing meals and pretty high up the list for us is Spaghetti Bolognaise. The kids are always guaranteed to wolf it down, and what more can you ask for really? I very much enjoyed not having to have the usual negotiations on what the kids were going to order and the following food envy when they realise they’ve made a mistake (it’s usually Mabel trying to steal everyone else’s food after deciding she doesn’t fancy what’s on her plate after all). We also ordered a couple of garlic breads and I don’t eat meat so I got a salad (there was a veggie La Famiglia option, but I wasn’t sure what the kids would make of it so I played it safe with the spag bol).
The massive bowl of pasta arrived at the table to oohs and ahhs and much licking of lips from the children. There was a huge amount of food in the bowl and I suddenly realised we had food for 1 adult and three little children that could easily feed 4 hungry adults. Luckily my lot really do love their spaghetti bolognaise, so there wasn’t too much left behind in the bowl at the end. The great thing was that we could control how much was on their plates, to avoid Ernie chucking it all down his front/on the floor, we were able to just give him a small amount at a time which was helpful. Greta wanted less sauce and more pasta, and that was easy to do too.
Everybody cleared their plate and went back for seconds, and you can’t get much more of an endorsement than that!
The girl’s could even dish up some pasta for themselves, which was not only a great chance to practice independence but also added to the fun and theatre of the experience for them.
After dinner, with full tummies and less stress than a usual restaurant trip, we watched the boats in the marina whci
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