Everyone loves a good homecoming story. Be it Wayne Rooney returning to boyhood club Everton or Odysseus’ long voyage to Ithaca. Casa – which literally means ‘home’ in Italian – follows this heartwarming tradition.
Peter Sanchez-Iglesias learnt to cook at his parents’ Italian restaurant Casamia in Westbury-On-Trym. The Michelin-starred restaurant closed back in August, however. But Peter has reimagined the spot where he started cooking at just 16 with his new Italian restaurant Casa, which opens this month (November 16) on Lower Guinea Street.
Casa will offer a contemporary take on traditional Italian dining and use only high quality ingredients from the Italian and British producers. The menu will feature antipasti bites, including fried semolina with parmesan and prawn crudo, and a seasonal selection of pasta plates. Fish courses will use the best local catches the South West has to offer. While guests can expect carne classics, such as slow-cooked veal ossobuco and a sharing portion of steak Florentine.
As a nod to the original restaurant, Casa will revive some beloved dishes too. A signature potato ravioli will be elevated with the addition of a rich and hearty Lion’s Mane mushroom ragu. And to finish, we’ve got our eye on the family’s famed house tiramisu.
The 66-cover restaurant will offer a relaxed environment with a dynamic menu created by Peter and Executive Chef Joel Breakwell. Joel also heads up Casa’s Spanish sibling, Paco Tapas, next door on Lower Guinea Street. While much has been revived, the interiors will see a dramatic change. Overlooking Bristol’s habourside, you can expect a brighter and more spacious restaurant to dine in.
The wine list has been curated by former Casamia sommelier Tom Lakin, with a focus on Italian grapes by producers from around the world. If you’re not hungry, guests can just enjoy the restaurant’s bar – serving snacks and cocktails. Welcome home Casa.
Casa, The General, Lower Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6FU