Girls night out at Nonna’s, Woburn Sands

Nonna's, Woburn Sands, Mediterranean, Table, Menu,
Another post long overdue and one I really need to share – for more reasons than one. I’d heard so many good things about Nonna’s in Woburn Sands, on social media as well as through friends and colleagues. When we were organising our latest girls night out, we decided on a meal there and Vanessa booked us a table for four on a Saturday night.

One thing I’ll mention about the restaurant is although it’s quite small (well where sat near the entrance and bar was; it was a bit of a squeeze), it is accessible. There was a larger party next to us, celebrating a 90-something-th birthday and the birthday girl was wheeled out in a wheelchair, no problem – although we did have to get up and move. On the subject of space, booking is highly recommended, even if you’re after a table for two, especially at the weekend. It was busy when we arrived and continued to be so, throughout the night.

Nonna’s serve Mediterranean cuisine. It’s mainly Italian, but the owner is Maltese and while I’ve never been to Malta, I’d say that some of the offerings are Southern Med, so surely Maltese and Greek-inspired? The menu is quite small, which is always a winner in my book, as you know everything’s going to be fresh. That said, it was still quite a dilemma deciding what to order.
Nonna's, Woburn Sands, Mediterranean, Calamari
As everyone knows, I have a massive sweet tooth and will always be dessert over starter – but the rest of the table decided to order starters and Sam said she was going to have the calamari, so I caved and ordered a starter too – the calamari, of course! It was nice, but I found the portion size quite small. I’m always a fan of all parts of the squid too and this was just rings. It must have been good though, as I ate it so quickly! Rebecca ordered the bruschetta (her go-to Italian starter) and I literally have no idea what Vanessa ordered, even after re-checking the menu.
Nonna's, Woburn Sands, Mediterranean, Vongole Linguini,

For my main course, I stuck with seafood, after much deliberation. There was a vongole linguni on the specials menu and the waitress recommended it, as the specials change more regularly than the main menu... this just means I need to return to have all of the other dishes which caught my eye. When we were in Palermo, I had the most amazing vongole spaghetti at Il Mirto e La Rosa and I’m being totally honest when I say this dish rivalled that. In fact, the portion size was definitely more suited to my appetite at Nonna’s, so it actually has the upper-hand – I ate it all. The linguini was cooked perfectly, the garlic and herb sauce stuck to the pasta and was so flavoursome. I even had the added bonus of no empty shells!
Nonna's, Woburn Sands, Mediterranean, Mezze
Again, I don’t exactly remember what the rest of the table had – I think Rebecca chose the diavola pizza; Vanessa also ordered from the specials menu and it was kinda like a mezze platter with two kinds of meat, salad and flatbread; while Sam went off menu and the chef made her a chicken salad with a dressing on the side. If my vongole wasn’t as amazing as it was, I’d have definitely got food envy – the salad was huge and the chef really pulled it out of the bag! There were a flurry of empty plates – the food was that good!

After sinking a couple of bottles of prosecco, we decided against dessert – although the options were tempting. I don’t think I could have managed one, but I regret not having an affogato. There are also ‘his’ and ‘hers’ after-dinner cocktails, although I’m a massive espresso martini fan, which was supposed to be ‘his’.

Two courses and two bottles of prosecco (plus tip) came in at £33 each, which I think is great value. I was definitely expecting to pay more (and actually went out for dinner the following week, had a dessert too and paid well over double that!). The service was pretty good throughout, other than a mix-up at the beginning with the prosecco. But our waitress was friendly, helpful and welcoming.

Before I finish this post off, please sign this petition to save Nonna’s. The current license does not allow for the serving of alcoholic beverages on a Monday, Tuesday, or on terraced areas of the restaurant, which means it doesn’t operate standard restaurant hours. For a small independent family business, this can be hugely detrimental and I for one would be really sad if Nonna’s were to close – especially if a big-money chain goes in their spot!

Love, Lucy xx

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