Enabling my pasta addiction: Bollicini Chester


Hi, my name is Kat and I am a pastaholic. I could eat pasta until I am ready to explode and still find room for some more. So it probably comes as no surprise that my favourite food hails from Italy and this means that if there’s an Italian restaurant in a ten mile radius of me you can be damn sure I’ve been there and had all the food.



And let’s be honest, Chester has no shortage of Italian eateries. I mean I could name five just from the top of my head. So if you want to stand out you have to do something spectacular. That spectacular for Bollicini’s is killer cocktails and a menu crafted by a winner of the Italian final of the Global Chef competition.



But let’s start with the basics. Bollicini is popped bang in the city centre of Chester in the super funky Rufus Court. They’ve been there at least since I moved to Chester over a decade ago (I think) and this year they’ve put a whole lotta money into reinventing the place as more contemporary and flashy digs but you shouldn’t hold that against them. There’s nothing wrong with a few polished corners.



Their menu is equally polished. You’ve got your traditional pizze and contorni items there and of course pasta, but if you fancy some beef tenderloin, fish or shellfish or poultry they got you covered. But this is an Italian restaurant and everything has a very prominent nod to that direction. I’d expect nothing less from a celebrity executive chef, mind you.



The portion sizes aren’t meagre either. I had the bruschetta Toscana (£6.95) – a bruschetta with garlic butter, sautéed mushrooms, parma ham and truffle oil – and the tagliatelle alla boscaiola (£8.95) – a tagliatelle pasta dish with mushrooms, peas and ham in a creamy bolognese sauce – and there was no room for afters, guys. What a travesty, considering their dessert menu sported stuff like baylis panna cotta, a deconstructed cheesecake with winter barriers compote and a chocolate brownie with hazelnut, chocolate sauce, honeycombe icecream, and hazelnut praline. Oh Lord.



So that’s the food covered. The second prong on Bollicini’s wheel of fortune are their cocktails, which have their own menu too. If Martinis (five ways), mojitos, daiquiris and Pina Coladas are your game you’re well sorted here, but don’t feel left out if you happen to be a whiskey or a cognac lover – Bollicini’c got your back. They also have a sweet little list of mocktails, and I can personally vouch for the Italian Dream, a delightful concoction of pineapple, cranberry and orange juice with a dash of granadine. Nom.



I think Bollicini is a terrible enabler in my pastaholicism and I don’t foresee my addiction easing up knowing that there’s a supplier of some dashing dishes right at my door step. Consider yourself warned – once you go, you will go again. And again.


Check out Bollicini’s website HERE and drool over their menu HERE.

  • i’m a pasta fiend. I could eat it everyday and never get tired. That place looks so beautiful . Looks like it would be a very romantic place for a date.

  • Sondra Barker

    This place looks amazing, they did a great job decorating it. I like how it’s not super casual but also not over the top. The food looks amazing, and its so cute the drinks come in mason jars like that.

  • Oh my goodness, the food looks so delicoius! And the ambiance looks so cool!

  • Ophelia Tang

    What a beautiful decor for the restaurant. The food and drinks look yummy. I want to visit asap. Thanks for sharing.
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  • I too love pasta. It’s so yummy. I think my favorite thing about this place is the lovely decor.

  • What a beautiful space. (I love that image of the Venetian canal.) It sounds like the menu has something for everyone.

  • Leo T. Ly

    The decoration and atmosphere at Bollicini looks and feels great. Once in a while, I would like to go out on a date night with my wife. This pasta place is definitely going to make it on my list of restaurant to visit. I just hope that I have the money to go back multiple times :).

  • Thanh Hiền Bùi Ngọc

    Haha after reading this, I feel so hungry!!!!
    Thank you for your interesting sharing, especially the photos which make your review more lively.
    Although I’m not a pastaholic, but I will come to Bollicini Chester restaurant to enjoy what the real pasta is. Hope to see you there haha

  • Lisa

    My family are pastaholics too LOL. Your dish looked amazing and the place was just beautiful. Now your drink OMG looked so refreshing.

  • wow!It looks like a really comfortable and relaxing place to dine in.These food photos are inviting!


  • Son Nguyen

    This place is unfathomably beautiful! Gonna try some pasta and Italian foods here, especially the killer cocktail haha. Thanks for sharing!

  • Denay DeGuzman

    I really enjoyed these fabulous photos! I am a huge pasta lover too and would love to eat at Bollicini Chester too. I wish they had one in my neck of the woods.

  • This place looks so amazing! I also have a pasta addiction.

  • Ruth I.

    Oh my! I also love pasta and I’m afraid this will trigger my addiction. haha! I love the photos and their dishes looks delicious. yum!

  • Bollicini Chester sounds like an amazing restaurant to eat at. I could totally eat all the pasta too! So could my kiddos!