This was my second visit to Latino. Both times have been with work, for a Christmas Lunch and again in February. Situated just off the high street, it’s a modest little place that looks neat and stylish amongst the jumble of charity, clothes, and coffee shops.
The menu is nicely sized, offering 10 appetisers, 8 pizzas, 12 pastas, 6 fish and 9 meat dishes along with 10 various salads and side orders. The appetisers range from £3.95 for the soup of the day to £7.50 for the Fegatino Pollo Ai Funghi (‘Chicken livers with mushrooms cooked in a Marsala wine sauce’). The pizzas are priced between £6.50 and £9.50, the pasta £6.50 – £12.95, the fish £9.95 – £14.95 and the meat £9.95 – £19.95. When you consider your only in Woking, this does seem expensive, however the very generously priced lunchtime £9.95 2 course set menu must bring the crowds in, and probably back again wanting more in the evening.
Inside Latinos the decor is crisp, clean and modern. The food also sticks to the crisp clean feel as you can see in the photos below. The meal I had was part of the set menu, the prices listed from the main menu though.
The food itself was really good, on both occasions. Just good, solid, satisfying food with punchy flavours. It’s everything you’d expect and want from a decent italian – nothing was badly cooked or wrong, the dishes were simple but cooked well. The only comment I would make is that the tortellini could have done with something like toasted pine nuts or similar to break up the texture, otherwise it was very yummy indeed and I really enjoyed it.
On my first visit, I had the Bruschetta to start; bread topped with tomato, basil and garlic. It was tangy, fresh and zingy. It’s a real pleasure when something so simple can make you so happy. The sad fact is that some restaurents do cook such simple dishes badly, generally by using poor quality or old ingredients and bad or no seasoning. Latino does the basics very well – it’s fresh and you can’t taste it is.
With the hustle and bustle of the fast food dominated high street nearby it’s refreshing to see somewhere that can offer simple, high quality food. Having said that, Latino must find it hard to compete in what is largely a fast food town. I hope they’re doing well though, I’d hate to see the fast food chains win.