There’s a warm comfort walking into a restaurant that looks like Nonna’s place. Sicilian restaurant Bar Idda sits in a cozy, corner front shop on the cool end of Lygon Street and is complete with charming, mismatched crockery and equally charming and mismatched tablecloths.
In true Sicilian fashion, all the dishes are designed to share. The menu is divided into four sections: Antipasti (appetisers), Primi (pastas), Secondi (generally meats and larger dishes) and dolci (desserts).
The rustic serve of cacciatore salami was simple but melt-in-your-mouth delicious. However the primo of twirled pasta with a slow cooked ragu was watery and lacking in flavour. Yet, this can be quickly forgotten with standout secondi dishes. The baked layered eggplant with passata, buffalo mozzarella, basil and pecorino, stole the show. And for the meat lovers, theslow roasted Aeolian style lamb shoulder with wild fennel cream was tender and moreish.
Idda provides Mediterranean tastes not usually associated with the mainland Italian menus found on the other end of Lygon St. The fried cinnamon spiced chicken ribs lacked the kick it promised but the unusual final plate, a salad of braised winter greens with legumes and grated egg, was a refreshing and thoughtful note to end on.
The plentiful menu has too much to offer for one visit, so a second is definitely warranted. Idda’s BBQ nights on Thursdays and Sunday brunch for big groups and families are definitely options to consider also.
In a sentence: Not quite up to the standards of nonna, but worth a visit for that eggplant.
Verdict: Would Go Back
Words & Photos by Monica Zen