Pepe Sale is an Italian restaurant located near Broadway mall, tucked behind the high street. It is the UKs only Sardinian Italian restaurant in Reading. The owner Toni Sale grew up in Sardinia and wanted to bring the flavours of his homeland to the U.K.
There was a whole host of delicious authentic Sardinian dishes on the menu – home made pasta, wild boar, fish dishes and their house special slowly roasted suckling piglet (we were lucky there were two portions left, but you would usually have to pre book this dish as it’s so popular and it takes a long time to make – Friday & Saturday night only).
I came here to meet my old colleagues, Reading is a great middle ground for all of us as we’re all spread out now. We spent weeks deciding where to go as there are a lot of enticing eateries in Berkshire. Pepe Sale seemed to be the most popular and I’m glad we chose it, as we were not disappointed!
When I arrived there was a warm welcome from the staff, the restaurant was bright with chequered tile floors, marbled tables, white walls with large tropical canvas photos brought a touch of the Mediterranean.
The menu had an extensive selection of tasty dishes, it was so hard to choose but the waiter came to our table and asked whether we wanted to hear the specials- which included the suckling pig. Camile had mentioned that her partner had it last time and he’d enjoyed it very much (Camille and her partner Alvin are pretty much food connoisseurs so I knew I could trust their judgment). We all wanted the suckling piglet but sadly they only had two portions left, David being a gentleman offered it to Miranda and myself.
Everyone chose starters apart from Miranda and myself as we filled up on bread and herbed crackers, which was delicious. I would have taken the crackers home if there were any left! Camile shared a bit of her starter it was such a creamy delicious dish – Avocado e Funghi al Dolcelatte (v) this was with warm avocado, topped with sauteed mushrooms & drizzled with melted dolcelatte cheese, it was a generous portion. Sadly I was too slow to take a picture, she had dug in before I could get my camera out and, well I couldn’t blame her! You just have to believe me when I say it was phenomenal! (I promise it wasn’t the wine talking!) However we did have a bottle of red for the table; David chose the Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva Doc Sella & Mosca, Sardegna – this was a dry red; great with fried and braised meat and game or strong cheese.
Once the starters were cleared we all got merry on the Cannonau, the staff were very attentive; keeping our glasses full and offering water to keep us hydrated. I was excited when our main dishes arrived. Nicky choose the Spigola alla Griglia o Aglio e Olio; Fillet of Sea Bass, Grilled or with Garlic and Olive Oil, it looked amazing I didn’t hear any complaints.
We all ordered vegetables for sides, my Maialino Arrosto – Traditional Sardinian style, slowly roasted suckling piglet. The meat was tenderised and just melted in my mouth. Sadly I personally felt the sauce was a little salty but the meat itself I couldn’t fault and the light crispy skin on top created an enjoyable sensation with bursts of flavours. I highly recommend this dish if you fancy something very hearty and filling.
As everyone had ordered starters Miranda and myself wanted something sweet to top off a fantastic evening. Miranda chose the Orange & Lemon Cheesecake, she thoroughly enjoyed it. I chose the Traditional Tiramisu which was recommended to me by the staff. I’m glad I choose it, it was light and creamy and a big portion but I managed to devour it.
Whilst we were enjoying our desserts the staff had placed a plate full of miniature cookies and mint dark chocolate to refresh our palette which was a kind gesture from the staff. Nicky enjoyed her herbal tea whilst David had a stiff drink which I didn’t quite catch the name of.
The staff were fabulous, I cannot fault the service and food, our tastebuds were entertained with phenomenal flavours from each dish we had. I cannot recommend it enough, I personally thought the presentation was poor however the food more than made up for it. This restaurant is great for all ages, having read other blogger reviews I can vouch for them all that this restaurant isn’t like any other Italian!
Pepe Sales opening times are Monday to Wednesday from 6pm to 10.30pm, Thursday’s 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm. Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 11pm. Closed on Sundays.