There is nothing better than ‘Pizza & Cocktails’ as the sign at the bar says. Padrino is the perfect combination of tasty Italian food and good cocktails, along with the right kind of ambience transporting you to the heart of Italy.
Signatures Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Signature dishes include the Involtini di Zucchine Grigliate e Salmone, Vitello de Tonato, Ravioli, Spaghetti Frutti di Mare, Gnocchi, Dilizia Pizza and Panforte. Espresso Martini is their signature cocktail!
Once we arrived, the staff at Padrino had everything ready for us. We sipped on the Sweet Rosé Sangria, made with seasonal fruits; lemon, grapes and plum, it was delightful.
As a starter, we opted for Vitello Tonato, an original and tasty combination especially for tuna lovers; thin slices of roasted veal fillet with tuna mayonnaise and capers. Then we dove into the Involtini di Zucchine Grigliate e Salmone, smoked salmon wrapped in grilled zucchini with chilli pepper cream cheese.
Halfway through the appetizers, the waiter brought us the signature cocktail, Espresso Martini, and it was the right palate refresher with a bit of a zing!
As a main dish, we went for a tasty trio: Ravioli, Gnocchi and Dilizia pizza. The Ravioli, freshly made, was filled with spinach and ricotta cheese with a white fresh herb sauce. The Gnocchi was homemade and exquisite, with tomato basil sauce, one of the best we have tried ever!
While we enjoyed the homemade pasta while the Dilizia pizza was on its way, the Red Snapper came; it was a chilli -fusion Bloody Mary cocktail, perfect for those who love spicy cocktails.
The Dilizia pizza; fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, blue cheese, mushroom, garlic and oregano, was thin and crunchy. The mix of the cheeses added a distinct flavour.
For dessert, we tried the Panforte; spiced fruit nut cake, homemade and perfect for the Christmas season.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
On a return visit we would sample the Padrino Frito, Insalata di Avocado, Penne con Pollo e Funghi, Diavola Pizza, Buffalo Pizza and Torta di Mele. Long Island Ice Tea and Pink Panther cocktails.
Beverage options include cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, shots, energy drinks, hot beverages and soft drinks.
Modern décor, spacious and with a good ambience; a really good choice for an outing with friends or for a date. Like a good Italian restaurant, the pizza oven is outside for your viewing pleasure. The bar is wide enough for a group to enjoy their night out.
If you like to order everything to share, the tables are the right size for that. The ones right at the entrance are a good option for a casual dinner, while the ones inside are cozier and comfortable. Something for every mood! There is an area with couches, perfect for a drink with friends.
Tip! Most of the dishes on the menu are suitable for vegetarians.
Clientele mix: Couples and groups of friends.
Price range: Affordable considering the quality.
Opening hours: Daily from 4 pm to 2 am
Address: Cairo Complex, Ankara St. Heliopolis
Tel: 0122 776 7722