Homemade Pizza and Pasta at Tressardi

Mon, May 20th, 2013 - By Andrea Montgomery

One of the joys of having friends and family over to stay with us in Tenerife is that it gives us an excuse to drag ourselves away from our screens and do things we’ve either never done before or haven’t done for a long time. Having our nephew to stay in early April was just one of those opportunities, and amongst the places we went was a restaurant we’ve been promising ourselves to visit for ages and never got round to.

 

Tressardi, Puerto de la Cruz

 

Tressardi Restaurant in the La Paz district of Puerto de la Cruz is one of those places that’s always busy and wandering past its covered outside terrace is a test of willpower as the unmistakeable aroma of fresh pizza hits the nostrils. But Tressardi isn’t simply another pizzeria. For one thing it’s actually owned and run by Italians, three of them to be exact, known as the three Sardis – hence Tres-Sardi – and they make their own pastas, and naturally pizzas, and you can taste the difference.

The covered terrace fills up quickly and is the perfect temperature for bare arms on a night in early April. Once dusk falls and the candles are lit and the multi-coloured fairy lights are switched on it can even pass for romantic and there were plenty of couples enjoying dinner-a-deux by the time we got there.

 

Bruschetta

 

Not wanting to spoil appetites for the generously proportioned pizzas that had already been spotted making their way from the kitchen, we opted for a bruschetta to start. A fresh, doughy base was seasoned with aromatic olive oil and topped with fresh tomato chunks, mozzarella and fresh herbs. Between three of us, it wasn’t long before it was demolished.

 

Ravioli in Gorgonzola sauce

 

Predictably, our nephew opted for a pizza and Jack did too – just to keep him company – while I chose one of their home made pasta dishes; ricotta and spinach ravioli in a Gorgonzola sauce. I’d dithered over whether to go for the tomato and basil sauce and after I’d ordered, fretted about whether the Gorgonzola would be too rich. It wasn’t, it was just perfect. The giant ravioli was fresh, savoury and perfectly al dente and the sauce was creamy and rich, but not overly so. I had no trouble cleaning the plate.

 

Pizza with Prosciutto

 

Jack’s Frutti de Mare pizza was packed with plump prawns, mussels and baby clams while our nephew’s Prosciutto with red pepper was rich in succulent ham and disappeared with alarming alacrity. Despite the fact all three of us were now visibly loosening waistbands, the lure of desserts was succumbed to pathetically easily I thought and two fat slices of light-as-air, home made tiramisu with fresh cream, Picasso’d in chocolate and raspberry sauce and lightly dusted in cocoa and icing sugar duly arrived, accompanied by an equally abstract rendition of a trio of chocolate ice cream. I’m ashamed to say they probably didn’t need to wash the plates, so intent were we on removing every last scrap.

 

Tiramisu

 

Tressardi – delicious home made Italian food; Calle Aceviños, La Paz, Puerto de la Cruz; (+34) 922 38 20 56; open Thurs-Tues midday to 4pm, 7pm-11pm (midnight Fri and Sat), closed Wednesdays.

Posted : Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 11:30 am
Category : food and drink
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