With interesting ingredients like burrata, ’nduja and mocetta, Porro’s menu avoids the usual lasagne and pepperoni clichés. They've done a sterling job with the restaurant refurb too – I’m always a sucker for exposed brickwork, wood panels, filament bulbs and pretty tiles.
We knocked back bottles of Peroni Red (£3.90) with ease and warmed our palettes up with a snack of fiery and meaty 'nduja (£4) served on sourdough toast.
A trio of perfectly formed tortellini (£7) were filled with delicately sweet pumpkin puree and garnished with fragrant sage infused butter, crisp fried sage leaves and shavings of savoury parmesan.
Golden arancini (£6) were packed with al dente risotto flecked with yielding pieces of ox cheek. They were joined by a punchy and vibrant salsa verde which counterbalanced the richness of the dish.
Onto mains, and blushing pink lamb slices (£17) with well rendered fat were joined by a glossy sauce, buttery cavolo nero, stock rich lentils, a thunderously good piece of crumbed lamb belly and more of the excellent salsa verde.
My main was delicious but not quite as good the one across the table. Al dente linguine (£13), earthy and sweet brown and white crab meat, tomatoes, thin slices of courgette, fresh parsley and the hum of chilli all combined well.
Dessert brought the only meh point of the night. A light and subtly tangy baked ricotta tart (£6) with slightly soft pastry was joined by a quenelle of creamy mascarpone. It was a pleasant pud but it needed a bigger hit of flavour.
In contrast, my flourless chocolate torte (£7) was an indulgent corker of a dessert. The rich and gooey torte with a crisp exterior was drizzled with salty chocolate sauce and served with a scoop of nut studded hazelnut ice cream.
Dinner at Porro was excellent. Despite the prevalence of Italian restaurants in the Wellfield Road area it’s undoubtedly bringing something different to the table. I can see myself becoming a regular.
Address - Porro, 57 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3PA
Telephone - (029) 2240 2200