Finding a restaurant was pretty easy. No one had a particular preference and with Lygon Street it was just a case of taking a punt. Sadly DOC which is probably the best was too busy for us so we settled with Café Cavallino.
Service weas prompt enough, prices were acceptable. Steve and I started with bocconcini bruschetta. I was very hungry and this disappeared very quickly. The bread was soft and buttery, more microwaved than grilled and the bocconcini was more rubbery than creamy but the whole thing whilst far from gourmet was edible and inoffensive.
The positives were that the pasta was well cooked and al dente which I enjoy. The bolognese was certainly pleasant enough.
The chicken one was probably a little too heavy so it was a good thing we were sharing a portion.
The carbonara was a little synthetic for my tastes. The bacon could have been crispier and of a better quality as it was a bit bland. All three pasta dishes were like meals I could knock up at home quite easily which on the one hand was disappointing as when eating out it's nice to have something so yummy it's not like what we eat at home. But then on the other hand it was pretty comforting to eat something familiar especially on a cold evening.
I was informed by our dining partners that the pumpkin soup (vat of it), cannelloni and pizza were pretty tasty.
The reasonable prices for the food helped my positive perspective on this place. I'm not desperate to return but nor was I put off to the extent that I would never return.