During the 1970s, Blackburn's buses received a makeover, giving them a red, white and green colour scheme - and the nickname "the Italian flag". These days, the tricolour has gone, but Italy's presence in the centre of town remains strong, mainly thanks to Blackburn's superb array of Italian restaurants. From Darwen to Belthorn, Italian restaurants around Blackburn serve up some exquisite creations, with seafood, pasta, meat, salads, pizzas, and decadent desserts there to enjoy. And with Quandoo, reserving tables couldn't be easier.
Some of Blackburn's Italian restaurants are recognised among the North West's gourmet elite, while others soon will be. For instance, the Pack at Belthorn has won awards for its cuisine. But success hasn't made it snooty or exclusive. As with other Italian restaurants near Blackburn, it remains family-run, down to earth, and totally welcoming to families and groups of friends who need a relaxed dining venue. Add in sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients, and it's easy to see why places like this are so highly praised.
But you don't need to rely on food guides and award panels to find out how good Blackburn's Italian restaurants really are. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Well, in the pasta, at least. With prawn linguine prepared with a dash of chilli to add a little zing, calzones crowned with a Neapolitan sauce which complements their cheesy interior, and fusion dishes pairing chicken and Spanish chorizo, almost everything on the menu will stimulate your taste centres, and keep you munching happily till the last morsel. There's no gourmet experience like a finely cooked Italian meal, and Blackburn's restaurants provide it.
They also provide a classy setting for more intimate meals. If you want to set up a special evening out, local Italian restaurants in Blackburn will definitely do the trick. You could reserve a secluded table at Darwen's Mangiamo and pick a pizza or two to divide between you. Take your pick from wine lists that have been curated by experts who know and love the wines from their home country, and be sure to round it all off with a dessert to share. Dining out doesn't get more romantic.