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 gluten free dishes in our menu. Choose any of our sauces and we will prepare it with gluten free pasta.

Starters

Minestrone
Fresh home made vegetable soup
£6.40
Bruschetta con funghi e mozzarella
Char grilled Italian bread with mushrooms and mozzarella
£9.80
Burrata
Hand made mozzarella from Puglia with a touch of cream, served with avocado, artichokes , tomatoes and rocket
£13.50
Calamari e Gamberoni Fritti
Deep fried squid rings and prawns served with sweet chilli sauce
£12.90
Tartara di tonno
Diced and raw first quality tuna, marinated with extra virgin olive oil and lemon, served with avocado and rocket
£14.50
Capesante alla griglia
Char grilled scottish king scallops with courgettes and red peppers
£15.50
Cozze e vongole saltate in padella
Mussels and fresh royal clams sauteed, in white wine, tomato and garlic
£13.10
Bresaola,con rucola e parmigiano
Air dried cured beef with rocket, cherry tomatoes and parmesan
£11.30
Carpaccio di manzo
Thinly sliced raw fillet of beef with rocket, cherry tomatoes, parmesan
£11.90
Prosciutto e mozzarella di bufala
Well seasoned, traditional Italian parma ham with buffalo mozzarella
£11.90
Scamorza
Melted smoked cheese served on a bed of mushrooms and rocket
£10.90

Pasta

Spaghetti aglio, olio ,peperoncino
Spaghetti with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and chilli
£12.50
Pennne all’ arrabiata
Pasta quills with tomato sauce and chilli
£12.60
Linguine con pomodori arrostiti e pesto
Flat spaghetti with roasted tomatoes, rocket pesto, pine nuts and oregano
£13.90
Tortelloni fatti a mano con ricotta e spinaci
Hand-folded fresh pasta filled with ricotta and spinach in a tomato and basil sauce
£14.60
Penne all’amatriciana
Pasta quills with bacon, onions and tomato sauce
£13.00
Spaghetti alla carbonara
Spaghetti with bacon, egg and a touch of cream
£13.40
Penne mari e monti
Pasta quills with bacon, courgettes, aubergines, mushrooms, shrimps and fresh mussels
£13.50
Gnocchi 4 Formaggi
Potato dumplings with four cheese sauce
£13.60
Fettuccine alla Bolognese
Hand made wide pasta with premium minced beef and porcini mushrooms
£14.70
Fettuccine porcini e pancetta
Hand made, wide flat pasta with porcini mushrooms and bacon
£14.60
Risotto alle capesante
Risotto with saffron, shrimps, courgettes, and scottish king scallops
£15.50
Linguine alla marinara
Flat spaghetti with prawns, clams and seafood
£15.40
Spaghetti alle vongole
Spaghetti with fresh royal clams
£16.80
Spaghetti all’aragosta
Spaghetti with whole lobster
£44.00
Spaghetti ai gamberoni
Spaghetti with chilli, tomato sauce and king prawns
£18.70
Tagliolini al Tartufo
Hand made pasta with fresh black shaved seasonal truffle
(available as starter and main course portions)
£15.00/£28.00

Meat

Vitello al Marsala
Veal escalopes sauteed with aromatic wine served with mash
£19.20
Vitello crema e funghi
Veal escalopes with cream and mushrooms served with peas
£19.20
Vitello alla pizzaiola
Veal escalopes with tomato sauce and capers served with french beans
£19.20
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Veal escalopes sautéed, topped with 18 month matured prosciutto crudo and sage served with peas
£20.20
Vitello alla Parmigiana
Deep fried veal escalope in breadcrumbs with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese served with spaghetti
£21.20
Ossobuco alla Milanesee
Oven roasted veal ossobuco served with saffron risotto
£27.30
Filetto di manzo alla griglia con funghi porcini e puree di patate
Fillet of beef with porcini sauce, served with mash potatoes
£24.00
Pollo alla Griglia
Grilled Breast of Chicken with roast potatoes, rocket, artichokes and cherry tomatoes
£18.30

Seafood

Calamari alla griglia
Char grilled fresh squid with chilli, rocket and cherry tomatoes
£21.60
Grigliata di crostacei
Char grilled, scallops, monk fish,squid,king and tiger prawns
£23.10
Guazzetto di pescatrice
Sautéed monkfish, king prawns with tomato sauce and shallots
£22.90
Trancio di tonno scottato in padella
Seared tuna with chilli and extra virgin olive oil, served with fried courgettes
£19.10
Spiedini di pescatrice, calamari e capesante
Skewers of char grilled monkfish, squids and scallops
£21.60
Spigola alla griglia
Whole sea bass, char grilled with extra virgin olive oil and herbs, served with steamed broccoli
£22.50
Sogliola alla griglia
Dover sole char grilled with herbs and extra virgin olive oil
£31.40

Sides

Spinaci,saltati / bolliti
Spinach, sautéed or steamed
£4.10
Piselli / a vapore /con pancetta
Steamed peas or sautéed with bacon
£3.60
Fagiolini all’agro
Steamed French beans
£3.90
Patate / arrosto / fritte / puree
Potatoes, sautéed or French fries or mash
£3.70
Napoletana
Spaghetti with tomato sauce and garlic
£4.30
Zucchine fritte
Deep fried courgettes
£4.80
Pomodoro e cipolla
Tomato and onion
£3.20
Vegetali grigliati
Char grilled aubergines,red peppers courgettes, Belgian chicory
£4.70
Rucola con parmigiano
Rocket salad, parmesan flakes and cherry tomatoes
£5.10
Insalata verde / mista
Selection of green or mixed leaves with avocado
£5.00
Broccoli al Vapore  
Steamed broccoli
£3.70

Desserts

Home-made panna cotta
With a choice of caramel, strawberry or choccolate sauce
£5.80
Black chocolate souffle
With vanilla ice cream
£6.90
White chocolate souffle
With Chocolate ice cream
£6.90
Home made chocolate and coffee tiramisu £5.80
Fresh pineapple
Served with lemon sorbet
£5.70
Affogato
Vanilla ice cream, espresso with a touch of amaretto
£7.30
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
£3.30
2 scoops
£4.50
3 scoops
£5.10

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