Agigantic picture of the beautiful city of Venice dominates one wall of Mio Amore Italian restaurant in London Road.
“Lots of people have their pictures taken in front of it,” said boss Shaka Krasniqe, who has family living in La Serenissima.
His parents are actually from Kosovo but Shaka has been working in the city’s Italian restaurants since he was 16.
He has worked at K Pasa on Glossop Road and Vito’s in Walkley among several others.
He says the restaurant is off to a good start after an August opening and that he seeks to offer genuine Italian food from all over the country.
The menu is pretty traditional British-style Italian fare, offering starters, pizza, pasta, pancakes and a section for meat, fish and chicken dishes.
And yes, they do wield a giant pepper pot.
I think it’s a shame they haven’t taken a few risks with the menu but maybe that will come once they discover more of what their market likes.
They also have a specials board, offering an extra choice of starter and main course.
The decor is pretty plain but there are flashes of red and green against the white walls, to match the colours of the Italian flag.
I had a glass of the pleasant house white (£3.25) while we looked at the menu.
Our starters were a perfectly pleasant bruschetta (£3.95) and a caprino goat’s cheese salad (£4.50).
Both were beautifully presented with lots of cheffy flourishes of balsamic vinegar adorning the plate.
The two pieces of bruschetta were the usual garlicky tomatoey mixture with an olive oil dressing and the goat’s cheese salad was a mixed salad with some small pieces of bread topped with cheese on top of that.
Both came with generous amounts of greenery and were absolutely fine.
Linda was a big fan of her main course risotto al pollo (£8.95).
She got a big plateful of well cooked, moist rice in a lovely tomatoey sauce with lots of pieces of chicken in it.
The flavours were good and really sustained her interest in the dish very well.
My main course was maiale, off the specials board (£10.95).
I got two good pork escalopes, coated in flour for added texture, with a creamy sauce and nice garlic-tinged sautee potatoes.
More sautee potatoes arrived in a side dish of vegetables, which was all very acceptable.
Portions are fairly generous here, which will score them points with a lot of diners.
After a bit of a rest, we decided to split a pretty good tiramisu (£4.25).
We also had two decent coffees (£3.25).
All in all, it was a very pleasant evening with good service and a lovely, laidback atmosphere.
The cooking is perfectly competent but I think that a young team should be a little more innovative with what’s on offer.
Our bill came to £41.70.
Mio Amore is at 140 London Road, Sheffield.
It’s open seven days a week.