Food and Drink October 3, 2008
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Bishop's Stortford
Bada Bing!
Location: 30 Lower Street, Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop's Stortford, CM24 8LP [map]
Phone: 0845 206 0778
Open: Tues-Sat 10am-3pm, 6pm-midnight; Sun 10am-11am, noon-3pm

Maintaining a lively atmosphere whilst still offering an intimate setting for a romantic meal is no mean feat, but Bada Bing! accomplishes this with gusto. Add to this a private function room for that special occasion, a Mediterranean style patio and a great new chef, and I would challenge you to find a dining experience more tailored to the needs of the customer.

Founded by husband and wife team Angie and Pete Ruggiero, the emphasis here is on authentic Italian dishes made with fresh, local produce. Reading the menu of over 90 choices, it comes as no surprise to learn that the dishes hail from recipes which have been handed down from the Ruggieros’ Neapolitan family.

Alongside the Italian classics, the new chef has introduced a whole host of extras that lend a more fine dining accent to the menu, but without the stuffiness; sample fillet tournedos, rack of lamb or cod with a lobster sauce to name just a few. If you’re looking for a slice of fun on Sunday mornings, the restaurant serves breakfast, coffees, cakes and pastries between 10am and 11am, and then at lunchtime welcomes the whole family for a Sunday feast. There is the usual plethora of Italian delights, also available in children’s portions, as well as a British roast with all the trimmings for the more traditional diner.

What you will find here is choice; you can spend as little or as much as you like and your table is yours for the entire evening. You can choose to lounge on the patio with a glass of wine or indulge in a three-course meal. Whatever you want from your culinary outing, I guarantee that Bada Bing! will deliver.

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