The Al Dente Story
My career in the hospitality industry begun whilst I was still studying hospitality in Italy 18 years ago. During this time I worked in a variety of different places from luxury hotels to middle range high street restaurants all over Europe. I knew I wanted to own my own restaurant, using the experience I had gathered over the years.
When I started dreaming of owning my own restaurant it was a no-brainer to decide that it would be an Italian restaurant. However, my first dilemma came from looking at the market from a consumer point of view; Are we not all fed up of the trend of many Italian restaurants? Always serving the same stale products and dishes such as Pasta Carbonara, Bolognese, Lasagne…etc.
At ‘Al Dente’ we offer typical Italian products and recipes that are still mainly unknown to UK market, combining them with the most popular everyday favourite pasta dishes. All the classic dishes will still be available but presented in a very playful and unique style. We can’t wait for you to try it. The menu, décor and attitude of ‘Al Dente’ simply supports the concept of genuine, home cooked food. Alongside pasta, we will be offering a breakfast menu, salads and affordable freshly made main meals.
Fantastic service, lovely atmosphere and great food! Last Saturday we spontaneously booked a table for 12 people for 8.30pm. Only later did we realize that they had intended to close at 9pm. The staff were lovely and did not give any hint that we had disrupted their usual routine. Great to find a place in Norwich that puts the customer first.
Such a lovely restaurant situated on St Giles. Pasta was cooked to perfection and the ciabatta was brilliant. You get lots of food for a small price. Will definitely come here again in the future.
The food is simply amazing! And you are served by the nicest people. I absolutely love this place.
Just a starter and bread side order for two of us and a pasta dish for the third....all very tasty. Lovely attentive staff and quick service. We'll definitely be back next time we're in Norwich.
Lovely authentic Italian homemade pasta, and so reasonably priced. We both had drinks, an antipasto sharer board to start, and a main - all for only £32! Food was great, staff were pleasant and the chairs comfortable. Couldnt ask for more really. Vegetarian options also available.
Absolutely amazing food. Best Italian I've had in ages. Lovely staff too