Reviewed by Ann Durrell
After enjoying a day sightseeing around Merseyside we decided to take the scenic route home via the Wirral. We arrived early (and very hungry) for our booking at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn. The restaurant is situated within a former pub, on a leafy street in Brombourough close to the M53 and A41 and has plenty of customer parking. The venue has obviously undergone a full programme of renovation and refurbishment and is well laid out with plenty of space between tables.
When we arrived we headed straight to the bar and were greeted immediately by the lady behind the bar, we explained we were early for a booking and ordered a drink. There was a good selection of alcoholic drinks including guest ales, we were tempted by one called The Crystal Maze, as well as a varied wines list and cocktails but stayed on soft drinks. As our drinks were served the manager arrived to show us to our table.
The gentleman then explained to us that the food at Pesto is a kind of Italian Tapas and recommended that we order three dishes each, one vegetable, a meat and a pasta. As there was plenty of choice of each type so we ordered some bread and olives whilst we decided. These were quickly brought by our waitress for the evening, a very friendly and smiley young lady.
After much deliberation over the mouth-watering choices available on the menu we opted for six dishes to share:
Funghi all aglio: Fresh mushrooms seasoned and simply sautéed with garlic
Fettuccini alla carbonara: Pasta ribbons in carbonara sauce with pancetta and parmesan
Lasagne: classic Italian dish of beef and pork ragu layered with pasta sheets and topped with a béchamel sauce.
Pizzetta Rustica: a small 5” pizza with goats cheese, prosciutto ham and rocket
Salsiccia Peperonata: spicy sausage with peppers and potatoes
Coscia di polla imbotttita: two boneless chicken thighs, stuffed with Parma ham, spinach and mozzarella .
We were very impressed with the speed that the dishes were served and they all arrived looking delicious. Of the choices we made my favourites were the spicy sausage which had a hint of fennel seeds one of my favourite herbs and the carbonara sauce was beautiful. The chicken thighs were perfectly cooked, very juicy and the mushrooms were not overpowered by garlic as can often be the case. I would comment on the Lasagne, I can only assume it was tasty as it was devoured by my other half in record time before I could get my fork in to try. The only dish not finished was the pizzetta, the goat’s cheese was very strong however that is just a personal taste and it did look good.
After our plates were cleared we were given the dessert menu where there was a good selection including a selection of three desserts for those who could not decide and the Italian staple of Tiramisu. We opted for:
Torta al cioccolato: a chocolate moose with chopped prunes on a biscuit base
Torta al limone: lemon mousse on a biscuit base
The desserts were presented with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon/lime. The chocolate mousse tasted rich but not heavy and the lemon moose was tangy and fresh.
We had a lovely meal at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, all of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. We will definitely stop in again as we want to try all the other dishes on the menu!
For more information, to view menus or to make a booking visit:
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn. Dibbinsdale Road, Wirral, CH63 0HJ | 0151 334 9818