Lunch at Ponte Vecchio, Bath

If you take a little walk down by the Avon you might spot Ponte Vecchio, a little gem serving delicious Italian food.

The restaurant is named after the famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy which houses the cutest little jewellery shops on either side of it.

We were recently invited down to try out some of their food (I'm not sure how we had never been there before). It's close to Pulteney Bridge in Bath which has often been referred to as the Ponte Vecchio of England so you see where they've taken inspiration for the name from ✨

What we ordered:
  • Bruschetta 
  • Gnocchi with pesto 
  • Paccheri Genovese, fresh pasta served with a sauce with 7 hour slow cooked beef with onions, basil and Grana Padano 
  • Caprese chocolate cake 
  • Tiramisù

Our thoughts

We started by sharing bruschetta, a homemade Italian style toasted bread topped with garlic, tomato, oregano, basil and olive oil.

The portion was super generous and the bread was grilled perfectly. The tomatoes were very very flavoursome, the key ingredient to enjoy a great bruschetta. Look how delicious they look. I want to go back to order it right now!

We then moved onto our mains.

The gnocchi (a kind of potato dumpling) with pesto was super yummy. Very simple, but good. That's what we love about Italian food so much. It's normally very simple so the quality and pairing of the ingredients really shine.

The Paccheri Genovese was so so good too. We were expecting a kind of ragu but the beef actually came in chunks and was so tender. The pasta was big, thick tubes cooked al dente (of course). These portions were also really generous.

Although we were starting to get a little full, we decided that we had to get dessert once we saw that tiramisu was on the menu. It was sensational. We have tried many many tiramisus over the years (having lived in Italy for half a year) and it was amazing.

The chocolate cake was also really good (although I think I preferred the tiramisu, but I'm a bit biased). It was a rich cake with ground almonds (yum).

The venue itself was lovely, with a view overlooking the river. It would probably be a good place for a date as it would be really romantic at night. 

The menu had loads of gluten-free and vegetarian options. The chocolate cake that we had was gluten-free because it was made with ground almonds. They also had a couple of vegan ones so something for everyone! 

Regarding price, this restaurant is definitely on the pricier side for an Italian restaurant (average about £15 for a pasta dish), but that being said all their pasta is fresh and the portions are decent. They also have a great Lunch menu which has a choice of three starters and three mains for a cheaper price (around £7-8 for a main which is great value for money).

All of the staff were Italian, adding to the authenticity of the place. We were served by many different waiters throughout the course of the meal and they were all really pleasant and extremely attentive. It was nice that they didn't rush us at all as we were chatting away which can sometimes happen in other restaurants. 

All in all, Ponte Vecchio is definitely a place that you should go to if you enjoy authentic Italian food. They've got more than just pasta too - they have lots of different fish, meat and pizza dishes. 

Enjoy! Thanks for inviting us Ponte Vecchio ❤️.

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to a complimentary meal at Ponte Vecchio in return for an honest review to be posted on our social media channels. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way.