Restaurant Review: Aromi

Afra Pujol i Campeny 2 November 2013

Next to the Market Square, just in the corner with Benet’s street, we find Aromi, a slice of Sicilian life in the heart of Cambridge. Ever since its opening in April, this family-run Italian café has conquered Cambridge with its original Sicilian food at very reasonable prices.

From the outside, we could see the alchemy going on in the kitchen, completely open to viewer. Once in, we had to face the challenge of choosing from very well stocked counters: on the left, we were tempted by savoury options, ranging from Italian staples such as pizza and panini, to deeply filled sandwiches. On the right, impressive Italian sweet treats captivated us: fruit tarts, tiramisu and cannoli, Sicilian filled pastry tubes (a true speciality, £3.20 – bought one as a souvenir).

Facing this torrent of visual information, and dazed by the smell of proper espresso coffee (£1.80), I struggled to decide what to try. There was so much, it looked so tempting. I sampled a scrumptious panini (£4.20), while my companion devoured a slice of  Etna pizza with fresh greens (£4.40). Every bite was an explosion of taste and freshness, and 100% homemade (they let their pizza dough rise for 3 days and make their own bread). Portions were generous, but not even a full stomach prevented us from trying an almond biscuit (similar to marzipan, but lighter (£0.80)). A genuine limonata (San Pellegrino lemonade, £1.70) was the perfect companion to a well-rounded meal.

The Mediterranean tiles, the warmth of the staff and the outstanding food, really transported us to Italy, from the centre of Cambridge. I can say with reassurance that when leaving, and after a shy grazie mille, I really meant my arrivederci – see you soon!