A La Carte

Our menu features the best dishes available from regions throughout Italy. At Essenza Ristorante Italiano we take great pride in the fact that we source ingredients directly from Italy wherever possible, to create fresh, tasty and beautifully presented authentic Italian food.

We have introduced non gluten dishes in our menu. Choose any of our sauces and we will prepare it with gluten free pasta. (We are not a gluten free restaurant and although we make any effort to avoid cross contamination, we cannot guarantee our non gluten free dishes are 100% gluten free.)


Fresh home made vegetable soup
Bruschetta con funghi e mozzarella
Char grilled Italian bread with mushrooms and mozzarella
Hand made mozzarella from Puglia with a touch of cream, served with avocado, artichokes , tomatoes and rocket
Calamari e Gamberoni Fritti
Deep fried squid rings and prawns served with sweet chilli sauce
Tartara di tonno
Diced and raw first quality tuna, marinated with extra virgin olive oil and lemon, served with avocado and rocket
Capesante alla griglia
Char grilled scottish king scallops with courgettes and red peppers
Cozze e vongole saltate in padella
Mussels and fresh royal clams sauteed, in white wine, tomato and garlic
Bresaola,con rucola e parmigiano
Air dried cured beef with rocket, cherry tomatoes and parmesan
Carpaccio di manzo
Thinly sliced raw fillet of beef with rocket, cherry tomatoes, parmesan
Prosciutto e mozzarella di bufala
Well seasoned, traditional Italian parma ham with buffalo mozzarella
Melted smoked cheese served on a bed of mushrooms and rocket


Spaghetti aglio, olio ,peperoncino
Spaghetti with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and chilli
Pennne all’ arrabiata
Pasta quills with tomato sauce and chilli
Spaghetti con pomodori arrostiti e pesto
Flat spaghetti with roasted tomatoes, rocket pesto, pine nuts and oregano
Tortelloni fatti a mano con ricotta e spinaci
Hand-folded fresh pasta filled with ricotta and spinach in a tomato and basil sauce
Penne all’amatriciana
Pasta quills with bacon, onions and tomato sauce
Spaghetti alla carbonara
Spaghetti with bacon, egg and a touch of cream
Penne mari e monti
Pasta quills with bacon, courgettes, aubergines, mushrooms, shrimps and fresh mussels
Gnocchi 4 Formaggi
Potato dumplings with four cheese sauce
Fettuccine alla Bolognese
Hand made wide pasta with premium minced beef and porcini mushrooms
Fettuccine porcini e pancetta
Hand made, wide flat pasta with porcini mushrooms and bacon
Risotto alle capesante
Risotto with saffron, shrimps, courgettes, and scottish king scallops
Spaghetti alla marinara
Flat spaghetti with prawns, clams and seafood
Spaghetti alle vongole
Spaghetti with fresh royal clams
Ravioli all’aragosta
Spaghetti with whole lobster
Spaghetti ai gamberoni
Spaghetti with chilli, tomato sauce and king prawns
Tagliolini al Tartufo
Hand made pasta with fresh black shaved seasonal truffle
(available as starter and main course portions)


Vitello al Marsala
Veal escalopes sauteed with aromatic wine served with mash
Vitello crema e funghi
Veal escalopes with cream and mushrooms served with peas
Vitello alla pizzaiola
Veal escalopes with tomato sauce and capers served with french beans
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Veal escalopes sautéed, topped with 18 month matured prosciutto crudo and sage served with peas
Vitello alla Parmigiana
Deep fried veal escalope in breadcrumbs with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese served with spaghetti
Ossobuco alla Milanesee
Oven roasted veal ossobuco served with saffron risotto
Filetto di manzo alla griglia con funghi porcini e puree di patate
Fillet of beef with porcini sauce, served with mash potatoes
Pollo alla Griglia
Grilled Breast of Chicken with roast potatoes, rocket, artichokes and cherry tomatoes


Calamari alla griglia
Char grilled fresh squid with chilli, rocket and cherry tomatoes
Grigliata di crostacei
Char grilled, scallops, monk fish, squid, king and tiger prawns
Guazzetto di pescatrice
Sautéed monkfish, king prawns with tomato sauce and shallots
Trancio di tonno scottato in padella
Seared tuna with chilli and extra virgin olive oil, served with fried courgettes
Spiedini di pescatrice, calamari e capesante
Skewers of char grilled monkfish, squids and scallops
Spigola alla griglia
Whole sea bass, char grilled with extra virgin olive oil and herbs, served with steamed broccoli
Sogliola alla griglia
Dover sole char grilled with herbs and extra virgin olive oil


Spinaci,saltati / bolliti
Spinach, sautéed or steamed
Piselli / a vapore /con pancetta
Steamed peas or sautéed with bacon
Fagiolini all’agro
Steamed French beans
Patate / arrosto / fritte / puree
Potatoes, sautéed or French fries or mash


Spaghetti with tomato sauce and garlic
Zucchine fritte
Deep fried courgettes
Pomodoro e cipolla
Tomato and onion
Vegetali grigliati
Char grilled aubergines, red peppers courgettes, Belgian chicory
Rucola con parmigiano
Rocket salad, parmesan flakes and cherry tomatoes
Insalata verde / mista
Selection of green or mixed leaves with avocado
Broccoli al Vapore  
Steamed broccoli


Home-made panna cotta
With a choice of caramel, strawberry or choccolate sauce
Black chocolate souffle
With vanilla ice cream
White chocolate souffle
With Chocolate ice cream
Home made chocolate and coffee tiramisu £5.80
Fresh pineapple
Served with lemon sorbet
Vanilla ice cream, espresso with a touch of amaretto
Add a tea spoon of white truffle honey to any dessert £1.60
Lemon or strawberry sorbet or vanilla or chocolate ice-cream 1 scoop
2 scoops
3 scoops

A discretionary 12.50% service charge will be added to the bill tax included.
N.B. Menus are subject to change.