Vegan Options at Nuovo
I first popped into Nuovo late last year, thanks to the recommendation of a work colleague. I had got into a rut of going to the same small handful of restaurants, and was itching to go somewhere new. I’m happy to say that Nuovo was a great choice.
The restaurant is located at the top of Northampton’s Abington Street. Although being near the centre of town, it’s actually pretty easy to miss the Italian-style tapas (“cicchetti”) restaurant. However, if you take the time step inside, you can easily forget that there’s the hustle and bustle of Abington Street a few feet away.
Cicchetti: Italian small plates
I’m usually a bit hesitant to spend my money on tapas and small plates, as the portions are small and the cost can definitely add up. Nevertheless, the options on their vegan menu tempted me enough to ask for a table.
We ordered a selection of dishes, including green trofie with broccoli and salsa verde; a fresh tomato, red onion and basil salad; grilled artichoke with pine nuts; and chargrilled courgette, artichoke, and tomato with peperonata. Peperonata is made up of tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, and garlic, and made the chargrilled veg my favourite dish.
I have to give credit to the chef and the rest of the team for coming up with some truly delicious dishes. Despite having a number of similar ingredients in the things we ordered, it was nice to taste them being used in so many different ways. The Mediterranean diet is said to be one of the best diets out there, and with the amount of vegetables, olive oil, and lack of lack of fried foods, it certainly felt like it was doing my body good.
For dessert, I went for the poached rhubarb and mango sorbet. There are a number of vegan dishes on the main menu, but not a similarly wide selection for dessert. The rhubarb was definitely tasty though. If you don’t follow a vegan diet, you might like their light and buttery almond cake, with warm chocolate sauce and flaked almonds.
The food at Nuovo is fresh and flavourful, and there are things on the menu that I’d like to go back and try. If you’re looking for a more secluded restaurant, with quality tasting options in a central location, I definitely recommend checking out Nuovo.
Don’t forget to read my previous blog on Tips for eating Vegan in Northampton