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Review: Trinacria on Bishy Road

While we love the change of seasons, the chill in the air might have some of you daydreaming about that wonderful holiday in the sun you had just a few weeks ago. One York eatery where the sun shines all year round is Trinacria, the family-run Sicilian cafe and bar on Bishopthorpe Road. We’re lucky enough to live just around the corner and it’s a regular spot for our end-of-term treats and the occasional weekend lunch. We thought we knew the menu inside-out, but then they launched a new waffle menu and it was our duty (and definitely not a chore) to check it out. I took along our youngest little Viking – 3 ½ going on 13 – for a daytime lunch with the promise of an epic pudding.

Trinacria York pizza

Tempted as we were to jump straight to the waffles, in the interests of trying to attain a balanced diet, I thought we should at least attempt a main course. I chose the caponata, a traditional Sicilian cold dish of sweet and sour vegetables and a tang of capers, served with bread. It’s one of my favourite things on the menu and didn’t disappoint – the perfect light dish when you know what’s for afters! My little companion chose a large slice of pizza, gooey with mozzarella and with a pleasingly thick crust. She kindly donated the accompanying salad to me and ate the lot (crusts aside, obviously).

Trinacria York caponata

Deciding whether we still had room for waffles was easy (yes!) but working out which to choose was much harder. The classic waffles selection is respectably low-key, like those with a dusting of icing sugar and cinnamon or banana and honey. The gelato waffles, on the other hand, are all-singing, all-dancing affairs, topped with homemade ice cream and a wide variety of toppings. We shared a Berry Blast (pretty sure it’s not one of your five-a-day. Sorry) and it was epic: the waffle piping hot, crisp on the outside and deliciously soft inside, groaning under the weight of berry ice cream, berry sauce and whipped cream (£6.50). It was awesome. Service was as friendly as ever, and very family-focused (plastic cups and cutlery for the kids, tons of highchairs to hand). If it hadn’t been for the buzz of Bishy Road through the window, we could have been on holiday.

Trinacria, 27 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA – Visit the Trinacria website

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