It can be tough to find good, authentic Italian food, we want to let you in on a little secret: Pallant Restaurant is serving up a Cicchetti tradition.

Pronounced “Chi-ket-tee”, Cicchetti is Venice’s version of Spanish tapas. Bite sized dishes that line the little pubs and bars around the city of Venice, best sampled with a glass of wine either for an entire meal or as an antipasto. The Cicchetti menu at Pallant Restaurant features some of Italy’s famous specialities from Crostini and Fritto Misto to Rosario.

Take your tastebuds on a delicious adventure as our very own Italian foodie, Marco takes us on a tour of the best Italian food in town and gives his recommendations on what to order.

Now that you are acquainted with Cicchetti, have a read of Marco’s six favourite Italian wines and his suggestions on which to pair with each dish. All recommended wines are £3 by the glass when eating from our Cicchetti menu on Friday 19th and Friday 26th January after 5.30pm; we advise 3 or 4 dishes for two to share as a starter or as a main meal for one.

Rosario cured sausage, cooked in red wine with caramelised onions                                                                                                                                   Tasting tip: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy A concentrated, juicy montepulciano with earthy cherry and berry flavours, with a spicy palate and fruity finish.

Fritto Misto mixed fried fish with a dipping sauce                                                                                                                                                                 Tasting tip: Frascati DOC, Italy A light and refreshing wine with hints of sweet apple, ripe pear and lemon, with a well balanced palate.

Halloumi Fritte con Arancia e Mirtillo halloumi with a cranberry and orange chutney                                                                                 Tasting tip: Bricchetto Sangiovese, Italy A light and approachable red wine with typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters.

Crostini con Bistecca toasted bread with thinly sliced rare rump steak with dolcelatte sauce                                                                    Tasting tip: Masi Campofiorin, Italy Nice fruity and complete red wine with notes of plum and black cherry and hints of herbs and vanilla.

Misti di Carciofi e Peperoni artichoke and mixed peppers, finished with shaved parmesan                                                                         Tasting tip: Manner Pinot Grigio Rosé, Italy Delicate aromas of spring flowers and strawberries, rounded off with red, berry fruit.

Parmentier alla Romesco roasted mini potatoes with a roasted pepper sauce                                                                                                                Tasting tip: Castel Firmian Pinot Grigio, Italy Clean and nicely balanced with a gentle floral aroma and a refreshing finish

So if you find yourself looking for somewhere different to treat your loved one to start the weekend, join us at Pallant Restaurant on Friday 19th and Friday 26th January for some serious Cicchetti tasting in Chichester. Perfect if you enjoy good wine and want to savour high quality Italian produce.

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