Welcome to Il Padrino (and to save you looking it up, it means The Godfather) – the Italian restaurant which has taken Colchester by storm since opening in May 2013, firstly from number 11 Church Street and, from October 2019, at its new plush location just down the road at number 8 Church Street.
The short move has allowed Il Padrino to offer customers an even better experience.
Same great friendly and professional service and same beautiful a la carte menu (with a few new items added for good measure!)
At a time when independently-run restaurants are increasingly at a premium in Colchester, Il Padrino offers mouth-watering food, a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and great value for money – everything you want from a dining out experience.
How appropriate that one of England’s leading Roman towns should play host to such a fabulous Italian experience! Il Padrino is open for lunch and dinner (see contact details for exact opening hours). Whatever time of day you visit, the warmth of the welcome will never waver – and neither will the quality of the food.
Owner-chef Fausto Mazza was previously head-chef at some of the area’s top restaurants before realising his dream of running his own restaurant. When he opened Il Padrino in 2013 he said: “It’s a dream come true to have my own place. I was brought up in southern Italy before moving to England when I was 16 and much of my cooking has its roots in the amazing dishes cooked for me by my mother.
My aim at Il Padrino has been to offer dishes people are probably familiar with alongside some great authentic Italian dishes. The reaction we’ve had from customers since we opened has been amazing. As well as our local customer-base, we have people travel up from London.”
The extensive menu combines some old favourite dishes with others which have soon become favourites, all complemented by some first-class yet reasonably priced wines. Click on the menus tab to really get those gastric juices flowing.
The 70-seat restaurant exudes a classy yet cosy, intimate atmosphere, offering superb a la carte dining.
Christmas Fayre Menu 2019
Available from 3rd December to 21st December
Lunch Tuesday to Saturday £29.50 per person
Dinner Tuesday to Thursday £39.50 per person (maximum party 10 people)
Dinner Friday and Saturday £42.95 per person (maximum party 10 people)
Confirmation: We require £10.00 (non-refundable) deposit per person
Home-made fresh soup of the day (v)
Deep-fried Brie coated in a bread crumb shallow fried and server with cranberry sauce (v)
Penne Pasta cooked in veal meatballs, tomato sauce and basil
Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese - Classic slice tomato and whole mozzarella ball drizzled with olive oil, oregano and basil (v)
Air dried selection of Italian Salumi served with wild rocket and parmesan shavings
Fresh Mussels Mariner cooked with cream, white wine and fresh herbs
Prawns and Crayfish salad topped with Marie Rose sauce
Roasted breast of Turkey with sage and onion stuffing, bacon rolls, chipollata sausage and red wine sauce
Lamb Shank slow cooked in Barolo Wine, Balsamic Jus seated on a Mashed Potato
Chargrilled Aberdeen Angus Steak topped with pizzaiola sauce
Poached Halibut Supreme topped with dill and prawn sauce
Supreme of Chicken Valdostana - Breadcrumb chicken breast topped with sliced cooked ham, tomato sauce and fontina cheese
Baked Aubergine and Zucchini lasagna with rocket salad (v)
Chargrilled Seabass fillet seated on a crab and chive mash, fish fume and white wine
Selection of fresh vegetables and potatoes of the day
Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce
Limoncello panna cotta with strawberry coulis
Hot chocolate pudding served with fresh cream
Platter of continental cheese with water biscuits, celery and grapes
Home Made traditional Amaretto Tiramisú
White Chocolate and Honeycomb Cheesecake
Trio of mixed diary ice cream
Freshly brewed coffee or tea with amaretti biscuits
Tuesday - Thursday: 12-2.30pm and 6pm-9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 12-2:30pm and 6pm-10:00pm
Sunday and Monday: closed