Italian Night at Tullie Inn, Balloch

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A menu with matched wine and chat from Bibendum wines.
Belstar Prosecco to start. Sweet, light, fruity but with a tartness behind it.


Tullie_inn_Insalata_CapreseInsalata Caprese

needed a bit of seasoning which is good to do yourself.   Pesto not too strong to taste but lovely smell.  Worked well.  Creamy mozzarella.


Tullie_inn_Bruschetta_Legumi_ArrostitiBruschetta Legumi Arostiti

choice of tomato and basil or roasted peppers, we went for the peppers and it smelled great –
2 slices of nicely toasted slices of bread with roasted red and yellow peppers and a small side salad

Served with a slightly acidic but lovely light zesty white from Tuffoli Gavi (Italy)


 Parmigiano Melanzane

Aubergine not greasy, quite meaty, held the sauce well and actually very pasta-like too, so the pasta wasn’t missed making this a good low carb option. Thick sauce. Ms foodie kept stealing it, so must have been good!Tullie_inn_Penne_Sardo

Penne Sardo

pasta cooked al dente, good kick, bits of sausage and pepperoni and chilli. Fresh Parmesan.   Good coating tom sauce.

Both dishes served with Riva Leone Barbera (Italy) Red smelled lovely, fruity and wholesome, had a dry bitter finish


 Panna Cotta

Very creamy and strong vanilla taste, tart fruits to accompany.


Firm not soggy sponge, came with fresh cream to pour and a biscotti wrapped up thingy
Nice coffee taste.
Both served with Brachetto d’Aqui Rosa Regale Castello Banfi (Italy), Fuzzy red, sweet and fruity blackcurrant taste, only 7.5% Like a Lambrusco


Overall, a great night, well worth £25 a head.  Very good food, informative chat from Bibendum as well as some good wine.  Friendly staff and a very nice setting for this type of event.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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