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For many of us, we either have to wait until our year abroad or long summer break to fully embrace another country’s culture and marvel at the culinary excellence of our European counterparts. However, while Birmingham may not have the picturesque landscape and ‘dolce vita’ that Italy boasts, it is very possible to at least dine like a true Italian.
Located in the City Centre near the Cathedral, Fumo is a sophisticated, trendy Italian ‘tapas’ restaurant which offers high quality food and service without forcing you too far into your Student overdraft. If not for eating, the bar is perfect for an evening drink and with the staff speaking in Italian, it is easy to forget you are in Birmingham City Centre.
When even the Italians themselves recommend Cucina Rustica, you know it must be ottimo! This little gem of a restaurant can be found in the Jewellery Quarter. It is also worth remembering that Cucina Rustica is not the only restaurant flying the flag for Italy in the Jewellery Quarter as a stone’s throw away is ‘Pasta di Piazza’, offering the same high quality food and service.
This trendy, sophisticated restaurant can be found in Brindley Place just a step away from Broadstreet, with Cielo and Carluccio’s within walking distance. Whether it be for a light lunch or an evening meal, Piccolino is perfect for those who don’t mind spending a bit more money in order to enjoy a fine dining experience. These restaurants are in the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of vino and food ‘da morire’ whilst looking out over the canals; Birmingham does have more canals that Venice after all.
These are just a small handful of the numerous Italian restaurants across the city waiting to be discovered. Buon appetito!
By Josephine Henry
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham