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Hidden Italian delight

Leaving The Bird, Bath and taking a stroll down the grand Georgian avenue that is Great Pulteney Street, you’d be forgiven for missing the small flight of steps that lead down to the weir under the iconic Pulteney Bridge.

Just before the path follows the River Avon along past the Bath Rugby Ground, set back a little from the main walkway, is Ponte Vecchio, a small, friendly Italian restaurant.

Beautifully lit, a small seating area at the front of the building meets you and leads through to a bar area to meet friends, relax and have a drink before heading upstairs to the main dining area. Greeted by warm, friendly staff and promptly shown to our table overlooking the weir and towards the impressive Empire Hotel building.

The menu has lots to offer and a daily specials board to tempt your taste buds. Two dishes to highly recommend are the special of squid ink ravioli with sea bass and Trofie which consists of Fresh pasta, shallots, italian sausage and broccoli, prepared in a white wine, parmesan and cream sauce! Sadly after these tasty dishes there was no room for a dessert, however, the Pastiera which is a Traditional Neapolitan Pastry tart with cooked wheat and ricotta filling, almost tempted!! Last but by no means least, we moved to the outside terrace to enjoy a digestif, to the sound of the River Avon flowing under Pulteney Bridge and over the weir.