Casa Italia has been going for years and is a true Liverpool institute, bringing a taste of Italy to Stanley Street. Up until I found out I lactose intolerant, I would often suffer the side effects of Casa Italia’s amazing Tortellini alla Panna and Tortellini al Forno, because it’s just that good. However, that can all change with the launch of their new vegan, gluten-free and nut-free menu.
We got to sample a range of amazing fresh dishes from the vegan menu, with Chef Bettina herself talking us through the process of how it was made. Although Bettina describes herself as more plant-based than vegan, her curated menu has made Casa Italia completely accessible to vegans or people with different food allergies and intolerances.
We got some Antipasti for starters: Crudo – nut-free pesto, red onion, cherry tomato, rocket and olive oil all spread out on a lovely gluten-free pizza bread base – and Fughi All’Aglio – oven roasted garlic mushrooms with nut-free pesto drizzle and rocket. Both where outstanding and I could have happily filled up on those mushrooms but we had pizza coming up.
The pizza course consisted of Ortolana – tomato, vegan cheese, olives, capers with fresh basil – and Piccante – tomato, vegan cheese, vegan chorizo, red onion, green & yellow peppers, chilli flakes and rocket. The Ortolana was by far my favourite, as I’m partial to some capers and anchovies on my pizza, but the Piccante was a good vegan take on a Casa Italia favourite. The pizzas are 10″ and available on a gluten-free base.
Now on to the pasta (all gluten-free): Penne All’Amatricana con Zucchine – penne pasta, Amartricana sauce, chilli flakes and flames courgettes. Last time I came to Casa Italia and I wouldn’t order it again by choice, but I do enjoy the kick it has to it. The spaghetti option was a nut-free Genovese with pesto, oat cream and fresh basil. The oat cream give it a lovely texture and a sprinkle of vegan parmesan topped it off.
You’d think after all this food I’d be full but I did fancy something sweet but unfortunately there are no vegan dessert options in Casa Italia yet. I opted for a cappuccino with Oatly milk and a sugar, which was still a lovely (and much lighter option).
Casa Italia have given their social media a little revamp so give them a follow on Instagram. All the details about their vegan menu can be found on their website here. You can find Bettina on Instagram here.
A huge thank-you to Casa Italia, Bettina and Sherwood PR for inviting us, and gifting us with a lovely gift basket containing Bettina’s book, Happy Food. This meal was free but all opinions are my own.