We went for a friend's birthday recently. Maranello's has been there as long as I've been in Sheffield. My understanding is that it does southern Italian (Puglian?) food. Certainly, whilst there are some Italian restaurant staples on the menu, they're not all there, and the rest is more quirky than most places.
It's not a big place, and tables are fairly close together. That meant we chatted happily to other diners as well as with one another.
The starters and mains were either good or very good. The pick of them was a lamb main, agnello siculo, which went fell to pieces beautifully, and was acclaimed by all of us. We washed it down with an excellent full bodied Salice Salentino, which I will keep an eye for from now on. Not quite in Primitivo di Manduria punch-you-in-the-face robustnessness, but getting there. Lovely.
Two negatives. One was that they poured some of my lamb dish over the table, forcing me into evasive action, and seemed remarkably unconcerned about having done so. Second, the deserts (bar the tiramasu) looked very much like they'd bought them in. And my other half said the tiramasu wasn't quite on the money in any event. Still, we agreed we'd happily go back. Cost, including wine and a tip, came to about £35 a head for 3 courses.
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