Busy bistro brings all the passion of Italy to Broomhill

Remo Simeone and Pietro Contarino’s culinary journey in Sheffield started over 30 years ago when they both worked at Nonna’s on Ecclesall Road.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 9:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 4:01 pm
Leek and Cream Gnocchi, one of many dishes available at Remos's Cafe Bistro. Picture: Marie Caley.

In 2000 Remo opened his coffee bar in Broomhill which quickly established itself .

It originally occupied only one third of the existing floor space, but due to its success, has evolved over the years to what it is today.

Pietro opened his coffee shop and Deli ‘Rustichini’ in Totley in 2007 and later was part of the team at Piccolino’s, and more recently manager at Vero Gusto on Norfolk Row.

Remo Simeone, joint owner, pictured. Picture: Marie Caley

Both Remo and Pietro are passionate about food and heavily influenced by their own ‘regional’ cuisine, Remo is from Castleforte between Rome and Lazio and Pietro hails from Sicily.

Pietro joined the business in July 2019 and together they have introduced a contemporary new menu which showcases the authentic flavours of Italy.

The restaurant has undergone a mini makeover and diners can enjoy Remo’s in the evenings too as it is now open every Friday and Saturday night.

The team say they have had a great response so far to the new menu and evening opening and look forward to continued success with customers old and new.

Tiramisu at Remo's.

In the day the coffee shop still focuses on serving good coffee and hand-made sandwiches. But it was Saturday night dining all the waywhen we visited.

The bistro is extremely warm, friendly and very welcoming and so are Remo and Pietro, they instantly make you feel quite at home.

New chef Lendi has also created a selection of dishes of an ever-changing menu inspired by Italy.

Glancing over the menu it offers several nibbles and starters, we opted for the traditional first course of an Italian meal, the antipasti sharer, (£16.50).

Remos's Cafe Bistro, Sheffield. Picture: Marie Caley

This was everything you would expect, a selection of cured meats, creamy mozzarella, chewy, tart sun-dried tomatoes, breadsticks with a good sized bowl of green and black olives smothered in enough oil at the end to dip your bread in.

For mains there is a good selection of the usual pastas, meat and fish dishes. I opted for a classic pasta dish, Penne con Funghi e Pollo, (£9.25).

Not a huge portion to the eye but it was a very filling dish, the pasta tubes were laced in a creamy sauce, soft mushrooms and chicken, very moreish.

My partner was drawn to the fish dish Merluzzo Al Vapore (£19.95). It was very eye-catching with white flakey steamed cod loin, infused with delicate lemon, olive oil and parsley, served with potatoes and broccoli.

The team offer several fine wines and draft Italian beers that complement each dish and staff are more than willing to help you choose which will go down best.

Tiramisu (£5.95) is a must when you are visiting an Italian and especially when the chefs make it from scratch.

We shared this and a creme brulee (£5.95) and both came looking absolutely exquisite. The tiramisu was creamy with a subtle hint of coffee, dusted on top with chocolate, served with several fruits and a homemade sweet and crunchy biscuit.

The brulee had a rich custard creamy base topped with a contrasting layer of hardened caramelised sugar, fruit and biscuit on the side.

One lesson for next time – I wouldn’t share the tiramisu again, as it was absolutely gorgeous.

Our bill came to £79.10 in total.

Remo's 259 Fulwood Road, Broomhill, Sheffield S10 3BD.

Tel: 0114 2671525.