Q1 2024

SME News Q1 2024 / 52 Italian Restaurant of the Year 2023 - South Wales Boasting the claim of being “the most authentic Mediterranean restaurant in Swansea”, Pizzeria Vesuvio is not only the home of steak on a stone, but also dozens of other fantastic dishes that are comprised of the highest-quality pizzas, meat, fish, pastas, risottos, salads, starters, and sides that are sure to provide that sought after taste of Italy and the wider region without having to travel. Situated just a couple of minutes from Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, this restaurant is the perfect choice for spending a special occasion or just tucking into a tasty Mediterranean-style meal. Since the restaurant serves as somewhat of a uniquity in Wales, it is the mission of the team to be as close as possible to local families in Swansea, with Carlos Aguiar, owner and executive chef, going above and beyond each and every day to make sure that everyone in the restaurant, from the youngest to the oldest members of parties, are pleased with both the food and service they receive. Adding to this experience is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that ensures comfort and warmth are available in abundance, bolstered by a variety of dishes that are each cooked to the highest standards. From lunch to dinner, pizza cooked in a 25-year-old wood burning oven to 28-day aged mature British beef steak, Pizzeria Vesuvio has something for everybody, no matter what time of day or what sort of food they are feeling. Those visiting the restaurant from Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 4pm (except for December or when Swansea City play at home) can enjoy an exceptional two course set menu for £14.50, with a choice selection of starters and main courses available that are sure to impress. Starters available include fresh melon with prosciutto, bruschetta with tomato, chicken goujons or scampi served with garlic mayonnaise, an exciting soup of the day, fresh garlic bread with cheese, and fungi Vesuvio. In a similar vein, the exquisite main courses comprising this menu include penne mafioso, penne in a creamy tomato sauce complete with finely chopped salami, chorizo, bacon, sausage, and fresh chillies; spaghetti bolognese; penne ratatouille; pollo al pepe and pollo princess, chicken breast coated in a peppercorn sauce or white wine sauce respectively, both served with sautéed potatoes and vegetables; an 11-inch pizza that comes sporting two toppings of a customer’s choice from an extensive selection; with grilled salmon; a 7oz sirloin steak cooked to a customer’s liking; and Bistecca di maiale, a pork chop with sausage peppers, olives, and oregano in a rich tomato sauce, rounding out these offerings. The establishment’s a la carte menu is vast, with more than 90 of the area’s finest dishes held within. Such a menu is too great to go through in its entirety, but some of its most notable cuisine from different sections of the menu are outlined below. Regarding appetisers, a variety of breads are available from salted to garlic, but it is the restaurant’s marinated mixed olives and baked cheese offerings that really hit the sweet spot. Both cold and hot starters are offered, with cold starters ranging from cured meats and cheese to classic dishes such as prawn cocktail and bruschetta, with hot starters including delicacies such as garlic mushrooms, fishcakes, and creamy garlic mussels. Under the meat section, an assortment of the finest steaks are available, while Pizzeria Vesuvio’s choice of fish spans salmon and swordfish, as well platters that are suitable for one, two, or four diners. Risottos are available both with or without meat, and a range of delectable chicken dishes span everything from tomato or white wine sauces through to a rocket salad. Pasta is a staple of any Mediterranean restaurant, and with 12 dishes spanning the mainstays of bolognese, lasagne, and carbonara through to seafood and spicy meals, Carlos and the team do not disappoint. A choice of salads, sides, and garlic breads with different toppings round out this selection, save for one notable exception… With Vesuvio’s being a pizzeria, the expectations for its pizzas are high, and do not disappoint, basting everything from seafood, to cheeses, meats, and everything in between. As a result, Pizzeria Vesuvio more than lives up to the moniker of “the most authentic Mediterranean restaurant in Swansea.” Do not just take our word for it, the eatery is one of the top 40 restaurants in Swansea, and the fourth highestrated Italian in the city, according to TripAdvisor. With more than 130 five-star reviews, these testimonials more than speak for the unrivalled quality of the restaurant. Contact: Carlos Aguiar Company: Pizzeria Vesuvio Web Address: www.vesuvioswansea.co.uk