Spyrou Kyprianou 86, 25622269, LEMESOS (LIMASSOL)
Food: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Service: [rating:3] 3/5
Ambiance: [rating:2] 2/5
My thoughts on this place are simple and straight forward: great food but not such a great place. The overall idea of a wine bar serving Italian nibbles is, to begin with, fantastic since Limassol lacks this type of place. The end result, however, would have been much better if it was on the beach or on a quiet, picturesque street rather than on one of the busiest, noisiest and most touristy streets in the city.
The simple Italian dishes served at this wine shop offering food were a good surprise. I wouldn’t say that the menu is innovative in the sense that, the food is nothing we haven’t seen before and consist of easy to make dishes – which can be and in this case I would say is a good thing. In addition to cheese and charcuterie platters there are a lot of Italian nibbles like bresaola and cheese wraps, as well as tasty Italian salads and pizzas. Our cheese and charcuterie platter was simple but of good quality with Italian salami, prosciutto, parmesan, mozzarella and a type of hard cheese. The parmesan cheese wrapped with bresaola, was my favourite starter, while the pesto, mozzarella and prosciutto pita wraps were also enjoyable. Finally the pizza with rocket, parmesan and prosciutto was light and tasty while the duck pate in a cracker “sandwich” was a bit too much as the pate amount in each cracker was excessive I thought. Perhaps I need to note that the rest of the proud Cypriots liked it.
Overall I liked the fact that the wine is chosen off the racks of the shop, and I also liked the concept in general. The service was also attentive although not too personal. I didn’t think that its location and space suited the concept, however. The fact that it was small was a good sign, but the see-through plastic tent that was surrounding it made the décor look a bit cheap and claustrophobic. When the tent did finally open, the car noise and fumes was too much to handle, especially if you are sitting on the side of the table with a street view (as I did). Furthermore, the fact that the menu was presented electronically on a tablet was not too convenient, mostly because it was not easy to navigate through it and we only had one tablet for 6 people.
In a nutshell, if you don’t really care about ambiance and location but you like the idea of wine and Italian nibbles that taste great go! Price-wise I thought it was reasonable too as 25euros per person with two bottles of wine and enough food to make us full was ok for 6 people.