Tasty Italian treat – and generous portions to boot!

San Marco
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Sarah Fielden heads out on a chilly evening to the warming environment of San Marco Italian restaurant at Much Hoole.

I had only ever heard good things about Trattoria San Marco, so while on leave from work I decided to take a trip out to the Much Hoole restaurant.

San Marco

San Marco

It was a chilly Wednesday evening but the glass-fronted eaterie was warm and inviting.

The restaurant was busier than we expected for a week night, but there was plenty of space in the large dining area and were soon shown to our table.

The decor was modern and fresh, and the menu interesting and extensive.

I was drawn to starters including calamari, asparagus served with Parma ham, and a.m.b – avocado, mozzarella and crispy bacon salad.

San Marco

San Marco

From the mains choices, I fancied almost everything from the pizza and pasta lists, as well as other dishes including braised duck leg and lamb shank.

But, after much deliberation, we finally chose what we were going to order.

For starters, I chose fish cakes with a sweet chilli mayo from the specials menu.

The fishcakes were lovely and crisp on the outside, while fluffy and light on the inside, and served with a tasty dip and salad.

But, with two large fishcakes, the starter was almost as big as I would expect from a main course.

Not that I was complaining, and I swiftly cleared the plate.

Mr Eating Out plumped for black pudding and salami bruschetta, which was stacked high and served on toasted bread.

It certainly got the thumbs up, and was again very generous in size.

The main courses followed on the theme of giant, but delicious, portions.

I chose fusilli all’amatriciana – pasta served in a smoked ham, spicy salami, Italian sausage and tomato sauce.

The pasta twists were soft and perfectly cooked, with plenty of rich, spicy sauce.

Mr Eating Out also chose pasta, opting for fettuccine al salmon – pasta ribbons in a light cream sauce, with fresh salmon, smoked salmon, sun dried tomatoes and basil.

He described it as delicious with a generous amount of salmon, and the forkful I pinched – for research purposes – was very tasty.

We could probably have managed without the garlic bread accompaniment given the size of the dishes, but with a crisp, thin base and yummy topping it was a welcome, if unnecessary, addition.

Full to bursting we decided to resist dessert – until the menu was brought over.

After a few minutes of trying to be good, I went for favourite tiramisu, while Mr EO chose crème brulee.

Mine was gorgeous – sweet, moist sponge and delicious cream, and a big scoop of ice cream on the side.

The crème brulee was equally delicious, smooth and creamy with a sweet, crunchy layer of caramelised sugar on the top.

Along with a coffee and drinks, the bill came in at just under £60.

It seemed very reasonable for three generous courses plus extras, and I’m sure we will be returning to San Marco.