Rayleigh's Oldest Italian Restaurant

Our Menu

La Romantica is renowned for its warm welcome and reasonably priced a la carte menu & mid-week set menu.
Traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings served every Sunday.

SOMETHING TO GET YOU STARTED
SNACKS
Olive Marinate
£4.25

Marinated mixed Italian olives

Pane All'Aglio
£4.95

12” pizza bread with garlic

Pane All'Aglio con Mozzarella
£5.95

12” pizza bread with garlic and mozzarella

Pane Olio e Balsamico
£4.50

Fresh bread with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar

Pane All'Aglio Piccante
£5.95

12” pizza bread with garlic, tomato and chilli

Pane Romantica
£6.95

12” pizza bread with goat’s cheese, balsamic and red onion

Pane Pesto
£6.95

12” pizza bread with garlic, rosemary and anchovies

FRESH PRODUCE FOR FRESH TASTE
STARTERS
Zuppa
£6.50

Homemade soup of the day

Antipasti
£9.95

A selection of cured Italian meats, marinated olives, mozzarella and fresh bread

Bruschetta
£7.95

Diced tomato, oregano, basil, garlic and olive oil on toasted bread with rocket and parmesan

Funghi Ripieni
£8.95

Field mushroom stuffed with blue cheese, crispy bacon and chives grilled and topped with rocket

Calamari Fritti
£8.95

Deep fried squid in a crispy coating served with garlic mayonnaise

Gamberoni
£13.93

Large tiger prawns, pan fried finished in a garlic, white wine, chilli and butter sauce

Caprese
£8.95

Slices of tomato and mozzarella topped with Parma ham finished with a basil oil dressing

Pollo Malaysian
£8.95

Crispy strips of chicken in a spicy Malaysian sauce with ginger and coriander served with a blue cheese mayo

Pâté Fegato di Pollo
£7.95

Homemade chicken liver, pancetta and port pâté served with caramelised red onion chutney and toast

Arancini
£8.95

Risotto balls filled with mushrooms, peas and sun-dried tomato served with a red pepper chutney

Trio di Pesce
£11.95

Prawns, Scottish smoked salmon and crevettes bound with Mary Rose sauce topped with a wedge of lemon

Asparagi e Prosciutto
£9.95

Fresh asparagus wrapped in Parma ham and goats cheese baked and finished with a drizzle of aged balsamic

Pizza Pane All'Chorizo
£8.95

Chorizo and roast peppers filled dough balls served with garlic aioli and pizza sauce

Formaggio Fritto
£8.95

Breaded Camembert deep fried and served with cranberry chutney

all mains served with mixed vegetables and potatoes
MAIN COURSES
Pollo Romantica
£19.95

Chicken breast with a mushroom, dolcelatte, white wine, prawn and cream sauce

Pollo Milanese
£16.95

Chicken breast coated in bread crumbs, shallow fried and served with spaghetti in a tomato sauce

Pollo ai Funghi
£18.95

Chicken breast pan fried with wild mushroom, pancetta, shallot and port sauce

Agnello
£24.95

Roasted rump of lamb with an herb crust, rosemary and red wine jus

Maiale Stroganoff
£18.95

Pan fried pork fillet strips with mushrooms, roasted peppers, tomato and cream served with rice

Vitello Rosemarino
£25.95

Veal cutlet pan fried with cherry tomatoes, rosemary, white wine and butter sauce

Vitello al Marsala
£25.95

Veal cutlet pan fried with button mushrooms and brandy sauce

Filetto Rossini
£33.95

9oz fillet steak on a crouton topped with pâté finished with a rich Madeira sauce

Bistecca al Pepe
£32.95/£27.95/£27.95

9oz fillet, 10oz sirloin or 10oz ribeye steak with shallot, green peppercorn, brandy and cream sauce

Bistecca Diane
£32.95/£27.95/£27.95

9oz fillet, 10oz sirloin or 10oz ribeye steak with button mushrooms, shallot, red wine, cream and French mustard sauce

Bistecca Milano
£32.95/£27.95/£27.95

9oz fillet, 10oz sirloin or 10oz ribeye steak with smoked pancetta, dolchelatte and fresh cream

TOP QUALITY ARBORIO RICE & LOCALLY SOURCED FISH
FISH & RICE
Salmone
21.95

Fillet of salmon with a herb crust on a bed of gnocchi in a tomato and pesto sauce

Rana Pescatrice
£25.95

Monkfish wrapped with Parma ham served with a pea purée, rosemary and lemon butter sauce

Branzino
£23.95

Fillets of sea bass with a prawn, caper and butter sauce

Risotto Romantica
£16.95

Fresh seafood, smoked chorizo, tomato, garlic and white wine

Risotto Vegetariana
£13.95

Baby spinach, courgette, roasted peppers and garlic finished with tomato

Risotto Pollo e Pancetta
£15.95

Chicken breast, diced pancetta, garden peas, white wine garlic and cream

all our pizzas are hand-stretched & stone baked
PIZZE
Margherita
£10.95

Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil

Pepperoni
£12.95

Tomato, pepperoni, red onion and chili

Carne Mista
£13.95

Parma ham, chorizo, pepperoni, rosemary and mozzarella

Pollo
£14.95

Chicken breast, goat’s cheese, caramelised red onion and sun-dried tomatoes

N'Duja
£13.95

Tomato, pepperoni, n’duja, red pepper, mozzarella, honey drizzle and wild rocket

Mexicana
£13.95

Cajun tomato sauce, chicken, chorizo, jalapeño, roasted peppers and mozzarella

Puttanesca
£13.95

Tuna, sweetcorn, black olives, chili and mozzarella

Quattro Formaggi
£13.95

Mascarpone, mozzarella, dolcelatte, parmesan and rosemary

Bolognese
£12.95

Beef ragu with red onion, chili and mozzarella

Primavera
£12.95

Roasted seasonal vegetables topped with mozzarella

Calzone Chorizo
£13.95

Folded pizza with tomato sauce, smoked chorizo, chicken, roasted peppers, chili and mozzarella

Calzone Kiev
£13.95

Folded pizza with tomato sauce, chicken, mushroom, spinach, garlic and mozzarella

GLUTEN-FREE PASTA AVAILABLE
PASTE
Bolognese
£11.95

Spaghetti Bolognese, Just like mamma used to make!

Asparagi e Funghi
£14.95

Spaghetti with pan fried wild mushrooms, garlic, dolcelatte and asparagus finished with cream

Carbonara
£12.95

Tagliatelle with smoked pancetta, cream and parmesan

Marinara
£16.95

Tagliatelle with seasonal seafood, garlic, white wine and tomato sauce

Gamberoni
£18.95

Tagliatelle with pan fried King prawns, chili, white wine and cherry tomatoes

Pollo e Chorizo
£14.95

Penne with chicken and smoked chorizo, chili, roast peppers and pomodoro sauce

Piri Piri
£14.95

Penne with spicy chicken, garlic, cherry tomato, Harissa and spinach in a rich tomato sauce

Gnocchi Ragu
£13.95

Gnocchi with a rich beef ragu, button mushrooms, red chili and tomato

Gnocchi Pesto
£14.95

Gnocchi with pan fried cherry tomato, red onion, chicken and pesto cream sauce tossed with spinach

Lasagne al Forno
£12.95

Layers of our very own ragu and fresh pasta topped with mozzarella

Spinaci e Ricotta Ravioli
£13.95

Ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta tossed in a roasted tomato and cream sauce

Ravioli Salciccia
£14.95

Ravioli filled with Italian sausage tossed in n’duja, cream and tomato sauce

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