I’m excited to see if the Asian splendour they’re famous for can can be replicated as a European masterpiece.

It’s not the first time I’ve written about the little municipal of West Vale near Halifax, an area that previously had very little reason to visit now finds itself transformed from up and coming to must visit.

In recent months the addition of 2 craft bars as meant there is now an alternative option to the ‘can’t hear yourself think’ bar in the mill. and with another former bar currently surrounded in scaffolding one would think that there might be even more option to bless the West Vale valley soon.

Of course its always the food that is of main interest to me, you’ll remember that 12 months ago I visited Cafe Thai well now I’m back with news about Cafe Italia, overseen by the same management teams I’m excited to see if the Asian splendour they produced can be replicated as a European masterpiece.

It stark contrast to the Thai the Italian is a smaller more intimate experience, able to seat around 20 covers with an open hatch to the kitchen, the restaurant gives the feel of an authentic back street Italian kitchen, rich in it’s decor the immediate sounds of the distinctive Italian accent are present in both the front of house team and the chef himself.

Cafe Thai Cheese and MeatsWhilst a sharing board of Antipasti is not normally my first destination on the menu in the case I’m going to make an exception, the boards leaving the kitchen are literally pilled high with mediterranean awesomeness, classic Italian cured meats, epic cheeses, olives to die for and the freshest of bread, we’re certainly off to a great start.

Garlic Bread Cafe Italia StyleNo Italian meal would be complete with out tasting the pinnacle of every italian meal, the garlic bread and I have to say this is one not to be missed, it’s all about the tomatoes, the sauce on this dough it epic, the tones of garlic amazing but what really makes it is the splash of the finest olive oil, what makes me very happy about this pizza shaped bread is that there is no fuss, no theatre, just really awesome ingredients combined to make something incredibly fantastic.

Fish Main Course Cafe Italia Whilst my fellow dinning partners feast on the likes of steak & pasta for me it’s all about the sea bass, drenched in the most amazing pesto and served with crispy sautéed potatoes, Italian tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle it’s a dish to absolutely die for and another example of the ingredients doing the talking whilst the chef marries them together, epic!!

Cheesecake at Cafe ItaliaA rather decadent cheesecake dessert splashed with salted caramel finishes and incredibly authentic Italian meal in an a restaurant that oozes Mediterranean authenticity.

It’s clear that the same level of detail is present in the Italian as is evident in the Thai, exceptional, a must visit!

Cafe Italia | 87 Stainland Rd | Greetland | Halifax | HX4 8BD