It’s nice to get out of the city every now and again and places like Boboli give you the perfect excuse to do just that. Located in the lovely village of Kibworth, between Great Glen and Market Harborough, this Italian pizzeria and restaurant is a little gem with its changing monthly menu and wonderful fresh ingredients.
Not that we’re fussy, but the statement on the front of the menu that all dishes are prepared in house and as such any requested tweaks can be accommodated was a great first impression as we sat down at Boboli. The menu changes slightly each month and 3 fantastic fish specials were offered alongside the already mouth watering menu.
The great thing about Boboli is the setting, which is very family friendly with the relaxed atmosphere and extensive selection of wholemeal pizzas, as well as nice and intimate for treating someone to a special night out.
After much deliberation we opted for the beetroot carpaccio & goats sheese starter and the spinach pasta ribbons with seafood in a saffron cream sauce, which was available in both a starter or main course size portion. Despite choosing the starter sizes the portions didn’t reflect that. The large plate of beetroot carpaccio was accompanied by an absolutely huge portion of goats cheese, not that we’re complaining, of course.
As for the pasta starter, this again was a really impressive portion size and would be more than adequate on its own for a lunchtime meal, light bite or for those with a smaller appetite. We, obviously, are not ones for smaller appetites so onto main courses we went.
The monkfish on the specials board was priced at £18 and came served with a variety of mushrooms, sauteed potatoes and a cream sauce. The variety of mushrooms in particular were a highlight of the dish, complementing the meaty monkfish perfectly and each one providing a range of flavours to the meal.
Our other main course was the intriguing pork fillet and sausages on skewers served with soft polenta. The polenta provided a nice alternative to potatoes to sit alongside the dish with the pork and sausages working together perfectly to provide a heart dish perfect for autumn evenings. The only complaint of the entire meal was that the polenta was a little salty, but that’s us being picky!
Other menu options included their extensive range of wholemeal pizzas, wonderfully varied pastas, veal escapole and confit leg of rabbit, to name just a few, with prices ranging from pizzas starting at £7.50, £11.50 for many of the pastas to an average of £14 for the other main course dishes.
Despite our admittedly large appetites we couldn’t quite squeeze in dessert, despite the menu offering delights including tiramisu and panna cotta. There was room to fit in a larger than expected floater coffee though.
Important to point out is that Boboli really caters for all occasions, with their childrens menu that offers 2 courses for £7.50, lunchtimes offering 2 courses for £13.50, their wonderful al fresco terrace for the summer and even their evening entertainment with jazz nights and other special events.
Well worth the trip out of the city, the owners of Boboli are the same people behind Kibworth’s other restaurant at The Lighthouse, and they’ve certainly got enough to offer and keep customers at both venues happy.
We’ll certainly be back. I’ve got my eye on their smoked ham, brie and onion marmalade wholemeal pizza!
Cool As rating 8.5/10
Boboli is located on Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt and further information can be found on the Boboli website.
The lovely folk at Boboli have given us a £40 voucher to give away to one of our lucky readers so that you can go and try out the restaurant for yourselves.
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What village is Boboli located in?