Food nirvana at Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo in Bottisham, Cambs

Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo is located on the High Street, in the village of Bottisham, Cambs

For my 50th blog post I couldn’t have wished to review anywhere better than Il Piccolo Mondo, which is the best authentic Italian restaurant in the area in my opinion, and a personal favourite. Knowing this Steve had thoughtfully booked a table for a celebration dinner as a treat for my birthday. It was one of the hottest night’s of the summer, so we enjoyed an aperitif on the terrace before dining inside this hugely popular eatery, which well deserves it’s excellent reputation. From the minute we arrived until our departure several hours later the staff ensured our evening was a wonderful dining experience, and as for the food, every dish was superb. I could easily run out of superlatives in this review!IMG_20160824_2158480[144389]

The classy interior of the restaurant with exposed brickwork, interesting artefacts and decor makes a splendid dining space in this conversion of a former school buiding
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For our pre-starter we enjoyed delicious crusty bread with dipping oil and olives, which were provided for the table along with iced water
The table decoration was simply beautiful
Steve’s starter was a selection of Italian cold meats with sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and olives


My smoked salmon starter with avocado and prawns was fresh and appetising, and I was reminded how generous the portion sizes are at Il Piccolo Mondo …….


….so for my main course I ordered a small plate of ricotta filled Tortelloni in a butter, sage and Parmesan sauce, because I wanted to leave room for a dessert!

We chose side dishes of a mixed salad and Zucchine Fritte, – delicious deep fried courgettes to share with our mains
Steve really enjoyed his main course of tender Scottish fillet steak with porcini mushrooms and red wine sauce, served with a selection of vegetables 



IMG_20160824_2005004[165520]Steve found his fillet steak was cooked to perfection, and it went down very well with a nice glass or two of red!

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My dessert of Sicilian Lemon pot was fresh, light and delectable


Steve chose Formaggi, a selection of Italian cheeses instead of a sweet

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The cheese plate included creamy Gorgonzola and Taleggio, accompanied by celery, grapes and relish
It was good to see a generous amount of crackers to accompany the cheese
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We ended our sublime evening with a nightcap of Benedictine

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I loved the fresh flowers everywhere



Even the ladies toilet was fabulous!


When we arrived at this elegant, modern restaurant we had an excellent first impression of the building, which is splendid conversion of a former school. Polly and her front of house team are friendly and highly professional, ensuring that all diners have a fantastic experience. The restaurant is light and airy with a good ambience, and the tables aren’t too close so there is a feeling of privacy and space. The kitchen (La Cucina) is openly viewed from the dining room, but although busy it was calm and smoothly run. Fish dishes are a specialty, and the varied menu has plenty of hearty meat courses in addition to homemade pasta. The freshness and quality of the food, and the preparation and presentation could not be faulted. If you want somewhere impressive and very special plan well ahead to *book a table for lunch or dinner and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

We paid £34 a head for 3 courses, excluding drinks, and it was worth every penny!






CB25 9BA                                                                   

01223 811434


Wednesday to Sunday: 12:00 – 14:00  


Wednesday to Saturday: 18:30 – 21:00

*Book early to avoid disappointment