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The Italian Way

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The Italian Way in Cardiff is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant serving up some seriously delicious food. Cooking up a storm since 1985, this charming space is situated in Riverside, right in the heart of Cardiff and locals can’t get enough. Only a stone’s throw from Millenium Stadium and Cardiff Castle, it’s the perfect restaurant for sitting back, relaxing and indulging in plates of flavoursome and freshly made Italian food. The menu is brimming with all your favourite Italian classics, and whether you’re in the mood for a bowl of pasta, plates of antipasto to share, a calzone or a classic pizza, The Italian Way has got you covered. Located on Cowbridge Road East, it’s ideal for a casual date night, special celebration with the whole family or night out with your best friends. Popular among Cardiff locals for very good reason, reservations are highly recommend to avoid disappointment. What are you waiting for?

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  • Homemade Soup of the Day£4.95

    • Funghi Alla Crema£5.45

      Mushroom, garlic, wine and cream

      • Cocktail Di Gamberetti£5.95

        Prawn Cocktail

        • Caprese£5.75

          Mozzarella and tomato salad

          • Liver Pate£5.75

            • Crostino£5.45

              Garlic bread, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and anchovies

              • Polpette Cosanostra£5.75

                Meatballs Italian style

                • Parma Ham, Mozzarella and Tomatoes£5.95

                  • Antipasto Misto Italiano£7.50

                    • Gamberoni All' Aglio£9.95

                      King prawns in garlic sauce

                      • Bianchetti Fritti£5.75

                        Whitebait served with homemade tartare sauce

                        • Calamari Fritti£6.25

                          Fried squid

                          • Bruschetta£4.95

                            Garlic ciabatta bread, topped with garlic, tomatoes, fresh onions, basil and olive oil

                            • Cozze Italian Way£6.50

                              Mussels in a garlic, white wine and tomato sauce served with warm ciabatta

                              Italian Style Crispy Thin Base Pizzas

                              • Basic Pizza with Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese

                                • Standard 10"£7.95
                                • Large 12"£8.95
                              • Choose Your Toppings

                                Extra cheese, anchovies, mushrooms, pineapple, artichokes, garlic, peppers, onions, tuna, sweetcorn, olives, pepper sausage, ham, bacon, salami, spinach, capers or egg

                                • Standard£1.00
                                • Large£1.20

                              Calzone (Folded Pizzas)

                              • Calzone Spinaci£10.50

                                • Calzone Mushroom and Ham£10.50

                                  • Calzone Meatballs and Mushrooms£10.50

                                    • Calzone Mushroom and Bolognese£10.50

                                      • Calzone Piccantino£10.50

                                        Pepper sausage, mushroom and peppers

                                        • Calzone Acro Dolce£10.50

                                          Pineapple, sweetcorn and peppers


                                          Gluten Free Pasta Available

                                          • Canelloni Spinach£9.75

                                            • Lasagne£9.75

                                              • Penne Algalletto£9.95

                                                Pieces of chicken, white wine and cream

                                                • Penne Alla Lena£11.95

                                                  Pieces of lamb cooked in wine, garlic and tomato sauce

                                                  • Penne Al Salmone£11.95

                                                    Smoked salmon with cream and mushroom sauce

                                                    • Penne Amatriciana£9.75

                                                      Bacon, onions, chili and tomato sauce

                                                      • Penne Diavola£9.75

                                                        Hot spicy tomato and mushroom sauce

                                                        • Linguini All' Aglio£8.95

                                                          Olive oil, garlic, chili and mushrooms

                                                          • Linguini Napoletana£8.95

                                                            • Linguini Carbonara£9.75

                                                              Bacon, egg, black pepper and cream

                                                              • Linguini Bolognese£9.50

                                                                • Linguini Marinara£11.95

                                                                  Seafood in a tomato sauce

                                                                  • Tagliatelle Alfredo£9.95

                                                                    Ham, mushroom and cream

                                                                    • Tagliatelle Boscaiola£9.95

                                                                      Ham, mushroom and tomato sauce

                                                                      • Tagliatelle Meatballs£9.95

                                                                        Homemade meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce

                                                                        • Tagliatelle Aquilano£9.95

                                                                          Chicken pieces with mushroom and chili in a tomato sauce

                                                                          Dolci Della Casa / Desserts

                                                                          • Tiramisu£4.95

                                                                            • Crème Caramel£4.95

                                                                              • Lemon Cheesecake£4.95

                                                                                Served with Raspberry Coulis

                                                                                • Chocolate Bread Pudding£4.95

                                                                                  Served with Morello Cherries In Kirsch Syrup

                                                                                  • Orange Citrus Cheesecake£4.95

                                                                                    Served with Cointreau Syrup

                                                                                    • Panacotta£4.95

                                                                                      with Balsamic Berries

                                                                                      • Selection of Italian Ice Creams£4.95

                                                                                        Side Orders

                                                                                        • Ciabatta, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar£2.50

                                                                                          • Marinated Olives£3.50

                                                                                            • Garlic Bread£2.95

                                                                                              • Garlic Bread with Mozzarella£3.50

                                                                                                • Garlic Bread, Tomatoes and Anchovies£3.95

                                                                                                  • Focaccia£3.95

                                                                                                    • Ciabatta£1.50

                                                                                                      • Dressed Salad£3.95

                                                                                                        • Spinaci£3.50

                                                                                                          • Patatine Fritte£2.95


                                                                                                            Ravioli (Filled with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese)

                                                                                                            • Ravioli Funghi Alla Crema£11.50

                                                                                                              Mushrooms in cream sauce

                                                                                                              • Ravioli Bolognese£11.50

                                                                                                                • Ravioli Al Pesto*£11.50

                                                                                                                  Basil sauce

                                                                                                                  • Ravioli Abbruzzese£12.50

                                                                                                                    Lamb ragout


                                                                                                                    Parcels of Pasta Filled with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese

                                                                                                                    • Tortelli Mushrooms and Cream£9.50

                                                                                                                      • Tortelli Bolognese£9.50

                                                                                                                        • Tortelli Al Salmone£11.95

                                                                                                                          Mushrooms and cream


                                                                                                                          All Chicken Dishes Are Served with Sautéed Potatoes or Chips and the Vegetable of the Day

                                                                                                                          • Chicken Mushrooms and Cream£13.50

                                                                                                                            Mushrooms, cream and white wine

                                                                                                                            • Chicken Piccante£13.50

                                                                                                                              Spicy tomato sauce with mushrooms and white wine

                                                                                                                              • Chicken Don Alfonso£13.50

                                                                                                                                Topped with ham and mozzarella in tomato sauce

                                                                                                                                Coffee and Tea

                                                                                                                                • Filter Coffee£2.00

                                                                                                                                  • Cappuccino£2.30

                                                                                                                                    • Espresso£2.30

                                                                                                                                      • Latte£2.30

                                                                                                                                        • Coffee Cream£2.50

                                                                                                                                          • Tea£2.00

                                                                                                                                            • Fruit & Green Teas£2.00

                                                                                                                                              • Liqueur Coffees£4.95

                                                                                                                                                Choose from Bailey's, Cointreau, Tia Maria, Brandy, Whisky, Stregga, Galliano, Sambuca or Grappa

                                                                                                                                                For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                                                                                                                What 14 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                                • 4.2Food
                                                                                                                                                • 4.3Service
                                                                                                                                                • 4.2Ambience
                                                                                                                                                • 4.1Value


                                                                                                                                                88% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                                                                                1. SL



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                                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on June 30, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  Excellent good. Genuinely Italian. Good friendly service.

                                                                                                                                                2. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on June 26, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  Been to this restaurant on several occasions...always excellent food choices from the standard menu to the "Specials" board. Service always good ...leave you to peruse at your leisure and there when required. Would recommend this place for good Italian food and sociable ambiance.

                                                                                                                                                3. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on June 23, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  The Italian Way is always splendid. I highly recommend the sea bass.

                                                                                                                                                4. OT

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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on June 17, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  Both starters and main meals were outstanding and the service was excellent

                                                                                                                                                5. SP



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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on May 18, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  We were a table of 5 people celebrating 2 birthdays so we had 5 different starters & mains & they all tasted fabulous. The ambience was great & the restaurant was busy but the service was excellent. I always judge an Italian restaurant on its pate & mine was delicious. Our pasta mains were freshly cooked & the sauce on my husband's chicken main was to die for (we all had a taste) I can't comment on desserts as we were too full by then! Everything was washed down with 2 bottles of excellent rose. We look forward to our next visit.

                                                                                                                                                6. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on May 12, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  This restaurant called 2mminutes before our arrival on a very rainy evening and cancelled our reservation claiming they had 'walk-in' business and refused to give us a table we had reserved! They should be removed from your platform. I have not been denied a reserved table in 30 years of dining out! Shame!

                                                                                                                                                7. J



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                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on April 20, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  The Italian Way is our family favourite, all the pizzas and calzones are cooked to order, the focaccia starter is very good. BYOB keeps the overall cost in check but it is all value for money.

                                                                                                                                                8. OT

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                                                                                                                                                  2 reviews


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on February 3, 2017


                                                                                                                                                  Great authentic food. Have visited a number of times and the food has always been excellent. You can 'bring your own' wine which is always a benefit

                                                                                                                                                9. OT

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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on December 20, 2016


                                                                                                                                                  Had a great night, been before will come again. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                10. JC



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                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on December 19, 2016


                                                                                                                                                  Very enjoyable made us very welcome will go again well done

                                                                                                                                                11. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on December 12, 2016


                                                                                                                                                  very well run family resturant. friendly staff excellent food. value for yr money. live music.

                                                                                                                                                12. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on November 10, 2016


                                                                                                                                                  I have been here before and food was good. However, this time it was overpriced and underwhelming. Friend had pasta with king prawns which was OK. I had pieces of fillet steak ordered medium to rare. They were overcooked first time but OK when replaced. Not worth what else paid and would therefore be coming back

                                                                                                                                                13. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  Dined on November 9, 2016


                                                                                                                                                  Good food, great service nice atmosphere especially as we went midweek obviously a very popular choice in a convenient location

                                                                                                                                                14. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner


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                                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on November 4, 2016


                                                                                                                                                  we hadn't been back to the Italian Way for a long time until recently but now it will be back on our regulars. Good food, we both had pasta with clams, couldn't fault it, the house red is highly drinkable, and the friendly staff are extremely welcoming.


                                                                                                                                                The Italian Way is rated 4.3 stars by 14 OpenTable diners

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