Published on Wednesday 10 June 2015
If you’re looking for a truly authentic and reasonably priced Italian Restaurant in Maidstone then head to Vesuvius Restaurant. A family owned and run business, they launched their flagship restaurant in Tunbridge Wells back in 2008 and their ethos is all about good food and good service at a good price.
Straight from Napoli, siblings Alessandro & Barbara know what they’re doing here. As much of the produce as possible is sourced locally. The seafood is supplied by Sankey’s who bring in fish and shellfish from the likes of Colchester, Scotland and Cornwall. When you combine this with highly skilled, well trained Italian chefs – you’re onto a winner!
We were advised the most traditional way to start such a meal is with a crisp Aperitif. The Royale (£5.45) combines Red Martini and Prosecco and provides a welcomed fresh, sharp fizz. Certainly gets you in the spirit of things.
As a starter, the Insalata di Mare (£7.25) demonstrates this perfectly. The fresher than fresh clams, mussels, squid and prawns marry really well with a classic light white wine, garlic, oil and chilli sauce. The balance is just right and kicks the meal off perfectly.
As a main you could opt for one of the fish/pasta dishes – the Spigola al Forno (£15.25) could well tempt you with an oven-baked fresh whole Seabass served with herbs, potatoes and salad. However, the Saltimbocca (£14.45) is well worth a try. Literally meaning “jumps in the mouth”, it certainly does that. With a layer of parma ham, mozzarella and sage covering a tender veal escalope and served with roast potatoes and salad – you’ll feel like jumping around the restaurant! One word. Delicious!
Dessert-wise, there are various options to choose from. However when in Rome (or Napoli), the Tiramisu (£4.50) is a must. Freshly made, sumptuous and everything a Tiramisu should be.
However, the star of the show is the coffee. Words cannot describe how good the coffee is! Only one way to find out, visit for yourself.
There are various regular events that occur here if you fancy some authentic Italian entertainment! Their regular music nights are a real hit and well worth a visit. There is also an annual Opera Night every year which is a great alternative option if you’re looking for a quirky way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. The restaurant also prides itself on being family friendly, so no matter how messy the kids are – take them along! They’ll love it.
To finish, fantastic food, fantastic staff and a real hidden gem.