It’s a stroke of good fortune that when relaxing after a refined Italian meal at Ponte Vecchio one can imagine oneself transported from Bath to some riverine Italian city, with the restaurant overlooking the famous Pulteney Bridge whose Palladian-style span over the river Avon evokes the waterways and arches of Venice. This city centre Italian restaurant along Spring Gardens Road, close to many more Bath landmarks besides, is a fantastically picturesque place to dine, whether indoors in the chic dining room or outdoors enjoying the view – and an aperitif – on the verandah or terrace. A classically-structured menu completes the picture, with a popular selection of traditional Neapolitan pizza to boot.
Bath locals and tourists to the famous spa town alike love to simply drop by Ponte Vecchio (the name means old bridge in Italian) for a drink on the terrace overlooking the Avon where it passes past the weir and under Pulteney Bridge. Carefully annotated, the wine list pulls together fine labels from across Italy, while classic cocktails, traditional aperitivo and imported European beer round off a comprehensive selection, making this an ideal city centre location for a simple tipple. Ponte Vecchio is also a fantastic place to host a celebration or private dining event.
As for Ponte Vecchio’s food, it’s safe to say that their menu represents some of the most back-to-basics, authentic Italian cuisine in Bath city centre. Take your tables at Ponte Vecchio’s Spring Gardens Road premises and indulge in classic Italian dishes like tortino del mare or the delicious mascarpone-stuffed pear topped with speck to start before moving on to regional pasta dishes like the strozzapreti (‘strangled priest’!) with pecorino, walnut, ground pepper and garlic, cooked (no less) in sparkling water. Ponte Vecchio’s pizzas are ever-popular, stone-baked and ranging from the traditional margherita to the wonderful nettuno seafood option, but it’s the main courses that confirm the pedigree of this Italian restaurant: we recommend the pork escalope with marsala sauce and apple or the 8oz prime beef fillet with porcini mushroom sauce.
Great attentive service, superb food, wonderful view of Bath City with weir waterfall (best seen in summer!) Keep coming back here...........and will continue to do so!
It was an unusually hot evening and they kindly let our group of 5 sit at a table for 10 as it was next to the door. The food was good, the service was excellent and the wine definitely worth the visit. Portions are sizeable. We had a good experience all round and are happy we took Johnny’s (from The Ayrlington) advice.
The staff and management were very helpful and even moved a table for us so that we could sit side by side in our favorite spot. We arrived at 6 pm, explained we were in a bit if a rush and they reacted well. By 7 pm we had eaten starters and our main course, drunk our wine, paid the bill and were on our way, just what we needed. Food was good, wine was fine. We would be happy to eat there again and hopefully next time we will not be in quite such a rush!