LA FONTANELLA, CALPE 865527743
La Fontanella is an Italian restaurant located near the rambla below the old town district of Calpe at Pintor Sorolla 19. This street is not very attractive but you should never judge a book by its cover.
The restaurant inside is substantial and although there is a table linen service the overall ambiance is not particularly endearing. There are three menus del día to choose from priced at €8, €10.50, €12.50 and €14.50.
Most of our table selected the €12.50 menu and there was a choice of starters with ham and melon or bruschetta.
For the more expensive menu our diner selected coctel de gambas but it turned to be a singular shrimp with shredded carrot and lettuce, albeit with a delicious sauce.
The pasta course was spaghetti bolognesa or tagliatelli carbonara; both ok. The main course was escalope Milanese served with chips but no trimmings, so the appearance of the dish was somewhat spartan.
Our host splashed out on some pleasant wines, a white called La mas Bonita (€14.50) and a Ribiero del Duero called Viejo Mundo (€14.90). Although our waitress was pleasant, our service was slow and we had to request for water four times before it was brought to the table.
On the positive side the restaurant was clean, there was plenty of parking in the nearby streets and we were offered chopitos on the house, at the end of our lunch which cost €27.16 p.p.