If you are after Italian-style dining just minutes away from the beach, get a pizza the action at Cristallo. This grand-looking venue decorated in a rustic Mediterranean manner brings a touch of Rome to Bournemouth’s popular West Cliff area. You enter the restaurant through a pretty landscaped courtyard bistro, which seats up to 60 people, ideal for enjoying the Bournemouth sunshine while they dine.
Rustic, romantic and relaxed
The restaurant itself seats 100 diners and is bedecked in authentic Mediterranean hues – the perfect backdrop to some of the country’s best-loved dishes. As you would expect, the menu is packed with popular pizza and pasta classics including 12-inch margarita, pepperoni, Cajun chicken, Hawaiian, grilled veg and four cheese.
The pasta and rice menu features plenty of lip-smacking seafood options including spaghetti crab and a shellfish risotto with mussels, crab meat, tiger prawns and scallops. Popular classics include spaghetti Bolognese and Fettuccini Rosso. The Penne Cristallo is a tempting dish combining chicken, bacon and mushroom in a white wine and tomato cream sauce.
Flavours of the Med
There is a comprehensive salad menu including a Mediterranean salad featuring avocado, celery, olives and feta with pesto dressing. Meat dishes include grilled lamb cutlets, 8oz veal scallop and a mouth-watering selection of fillet and sirloin steaks with Diane, French mustard brandy and cream, Mediterranean or peppercorn sauce.
Perhaps you can be tempted with a Dijon mustard and oyster mushroom sauce-drizzled chicken breast, a fresh sea bass or tuna steak or two-way cooked salmon fillet served with lobster risotto and watercress salad. There is a specials menu too, with dishes changing every 2-3 days.
Why not wash it down with a carefully selected beer, wine or even a cocktail from Cristallo’s well-stocked bar?
At your convenience
The restaurant is open for lunch and evening meals and depending on bookings and weather conditions is generally open between 11.30am and 11.30pm all year ‘round. There is free WiFi throughout, baby changing facilities and a disabled toilet and the restaurant is fully air conditioned for your comfort.
Top takeaway deals
As well as providing a luxurious backdrop for relaxed dining, Cristallo is also a popular choice for a local takeaway. Choose any two pizza or pasta dishes from the menu or fish and chips for just £11.95 for collection only. It’s only a short stroll from here to the beach if you want to enjoy your meal with one of Bournemouth’s most-loved backdrops.
Please note their website is currently under development so please call them on the telephone to book.