It’s lunchtime on a Saturday in Yarm. The high street is bustling and crawling cars are searching for spaces to park. But nestled in a side street behind the hustle and bustle of the high street, is a gorgeous Italian deli – Borelli’s.
I’ve heard great things about this place and couldn’t wait to try it myself. Tables and chairs spill from the cosy interior onto the pavement outside, evoking a real sense of European dining. The pair of us sat inside, by the counter, which tantalised us with its juicy olives, sun dried tomatoes and meats on display. The inside is intimate and can seat about 12 people, which is all part of its charm. Shelves line the walls with authentic Italian produce available to purchase for those patrons who’d like to try their own hand at the recipes on offer.
A selection of paninis, sharing platters and charcuterie was on offer, as well as fresh coffee, biscotti and other sweet treats for those of us with a sweet tooth. Breakfasts are also on offer for those early risers.
Each panini on the blackboard looked as good as the last and the offer of a paida wrap as a ‘lighter choice’ tempted me. But with an afternoon of shopping ahead, I went for the La Forta panini which consisted of chorizo, red pepper and mozarella. Beautifully presented on a wooden board, accompanied with lightly salted crisps, the panini was packed with flavour. The creamy mozzarella complemented the spicy chorizo and roasted red pepper well.
The laid back, homestyle atmosphere created a calm cocoon from the business of Saturday shopping. With delicious food, lovely service and £11 for two paninis and diet cokes, I would certainly recommend this gem of a cafe.
I was hoping to sample the biscotti and coffee too but the panini was so filling I couldn’t manage. What a great excuse to pop back! See you soon Borelli’s!