PISCINA DE ORBA, ORBA 965583372
An Italian job in Orba
The Marina Alta offers a comprehensive panoply of ethnicities when it comes to lunching out and this time we decided to sample a slice of Italy.
Situated in Orba´s municipal sports park, this long established restaurant/pizzeria is owned and run by affable Marcelo whose culinary skills are matched by his Italian charm. The restaurant is vast and the décor pretty basic. There is a substantial terrace area for al fresco dining and that is where chose to lunch.
Although there was a limited €10 menu del da on offer our group all chose to go á la carte.
Among the appetising starters selected were mussels cooked in a piquant pepper sauce, melon with serrano ham, beef carpaccio and bresaola – a typical Italian speciality.
Our main course selections included spaghetti with a seafood sauce, fresh sea bass, veal escalope, Mexican style prawns, mixed grill, veal escalope and pizza carbonara.
The portions of all dishes were substantial and served simultaneously – a feat in itself and a tribute to the kitchen staff.
For wines our host selected a white called Airen and an unassuming red called Diego de Amagro, both from Valdepeñas and reasonably priced at just €4.
For desserts we enjoyed large profiteroles, cheesecake, tiramisu and chocolate and pear tart along with other delights. The all in cost for this enjoyable lunch, just €23 p.p.