There’s been a lot of talk on social media lately about Fratelli in Belfast because of the breakfast pizza that’s been doing the rounds. Yes, pizza for breakfast!
Now when my friend Eileen and I went down for a meal last Thursday it wasn’t for breakfast, but pizza was very much on the cards!
Fratelli is based on Great Victoria street and is part of the Galgorm family. It describes itself as having “rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge.” So, off we went for a night out in the town.
We’d heard the cocktails were really good, so when we arrived, our attention turned fully to the cocktail list (it’s 2 for 1 cocktails between 5pm and 7pm so even better!) We both picked the Fratelli Lemon Drop which is Grey Goose Citron, lemoncello, Cointreau, lemon juice and syrup. It was perfect and I ended up sticking to them all night!
Then it was time to pick our starters. The starters are small plates known as cicchetti (similar to tapas), costing 2 for £6.50, 3 for £9.25 or 4 for £13.95. We could have picked any number of them but in the end decided upon four which we shared. They were baked macaroni and smoked provolone cheese; saffron, pea and herb arancini; baked meatballs in tomato sauce with melted mozzarella; and crispy fried mushrooms and garlic mayonnaise. For me, my favourite dish was the meatballs but they were all delicious and a good size.
For mains we both decided to go for pizza! I’m a big fan of pesto pizza so I selected the Veronese, which was pancetta lardons, button mushrooms, marinated tomatoes and basil pesto. Eileen went for the Formaggio e Cipolla, which was rich crumbled goat’s cheese, caramelised onion and spinach finished with aged balsamic reduction. Personally I’m not a huge fan of the strong, tangy taste of goat’s cheese so we didn’t share but it got a thumbs up from Eileen!
Finally, it was time for dessert! Similar to the cicchetti, the desserts come in small sharing-size portions, so we opted for four (which are £2.50 each.) We picked the Azza Di Cioccolato é Nocciola (a rich dark rum & chocolate ganache); Tiramisu; Fratelli rice pudding; and the white chocolate cheesecake. Once again, they were a delight to eat! Every dessert was beautiful and nothing was left on the plate.
Selection of desserts
We had a brilliant evening and enjoyed every part of our meal (not forgetting those delicious lemon cocktails!) Check it out!