Belzan Pasta Kitchen at Escape to Freight IslandItalian
Reaching out from the original critically acclaimed Smithdown Road neighbourhood bistro in Liverpool, Belzan at Escape to Freight Island is still all about creating and serving honest, nourishing, full-flavoured dishes that are good for the planet and good for the soul.
With their “pasta kitchen” concept, long-time pals Chris, Owain and Sam focus almost solely on their love of pasta, introducing some other classic Italian dishes, such as risotto, as a nod to the gluten-free needs of some customers. The menu is a snapshot of the bricks-and-mortar Belzan and, like its older sibling, changes with the ebb and flow of the seasons. They strive to use British produce, buy local, champion farmers who are careful about their impact on their environment and make everything from scratch. On the pasta front, think classics like spaghetti puttanesca and tagliatelle alle vongole, or more leftfield dishes such as vegetarian pici cacio e pepe or fazzoletti (“handkerchief” pasta) with mushrooms, truffles and a cured egg yolk. This branched-out Belzan also runs a few small plates, and offers a few unusual ideas such as oven-roasted bone marrow with pickled fennel on focaccia and deep-fried buttermilk breaded rabbit with salsa verde. Of course, you can just have chips if you must – truffle and Parmesan flavoured, mind.
As the menu changes to reflect seasonal availability, Belzan Pasta Kitchen is one worth keeping an eye on for repeat visits to Escape to Freight Island‘s voluminous Ticket Hall.
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