Henley 2014 013 (Small) Worthing, West Sussex, UK.  

I actually had a really nice surprise the other day! I went to meet my friend Pat in Worthing. This has usually been an expensive outing, thanks to a certain Car Park Company. But, to my amazement, Worthing Council has taken over the multi-storey seafront parking, and drastically reduced the prices!

Instead of watching the time, and our money ticking away, we were able to spend a very enjoyable day together.

After wandering along the seafront and round the shops, (chatting all the time, of course!) we went to have a meal at Casa Ciro.

Although he looks Italian, Ciro De Silvo has been living in Worthing for 53 years, since 1959. So apart from a faint twang, he speaks perfect English.

He has owned Casa Ciro since 1999.

Martina, the Slovakian waitress, greeted us warmly and gave us a choice of tables.

We could have sat on the upstairs balcony, but we decided to sit indoors.

She brought us some bread sticks and olives while we read the menu.

There is a main menu, and a Lunchtime Specials menu.

For Starters, I had the Soup of the Day, which was Pea and Mint with Panacetta, served with fresh bread.

It was a perfect soupy thickness.

Pat tried it and said it was ‘pea-ee, and the mint wasn’t overpowering.’

She had the mixed salad, and said the tomatoes were juicy and delicious.

We both chose Lunchtime Specials for our main course.

I had the pasta, of course! It was full of chicken pieces, plus the tomato sauce.

Unusual for an Italian restaurant, the sauce was stirred into the pasta.  I prefer it like that as I think the flavours blend together much better.

It was served with garlic bread, which was perfectly garlicky and buttery. A lot of places are stingy with the garlic butter so that it tastes very dry, but Ciro’s chef wasn’t!

Pat had fish (bought locally of course!) and chips with mushy peas. I sampled it and thought the beer-batter was perfection; thin and crispy.

Could we manage a pud? How could we resist, especially as they’re all home-made!

I had a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Oh, oh and oh! If I had to choose between men and a perfect cheesecake, I’d be a nun!

Pat had a profiterole with a chocolate sauce. You order how many you want. One was ample. They were huge!

Mike and Chris, who were standing behind the bar, told me that everything is prepped up fresh in the morning by the Chefs Kieran and Dave. Hardly anything is bought in ready-made.

As you know by now, Dear Readers, I often add a Negative to prove that my reviews are genuine.

Pat had frozen chips. They’re usually fresh and chunky, but the restaurant had been so busy that day that they’d run out.

OK. I’ll let them off and give them the benefit of the doubt. Busy is good!

Casa Ciro is very Italian/Mediterranean.

The décor is unpretentious, and the tables aren’t all squeezed together. There’s plenty of room to walk round them without disturbing the other diners.

Upstairs there is another room that can seat up to 55 people, plus the outside balcony.

It has a separate bar and is perfect for weddings and functions. And of course, the views are unique, overlooking the seafront and Worthing Pier.

There are various Theme Nights held in the restaurant. You can see them all on the website.

I asked Ciro why anyone should bother to visit his restaurant, and he replied,

‘We have a good atmosphere, prices that suit all budgets, and warm and friendly staff.’

And he was right!

 

Prices start at £5.99 for  pasta with garlic bread and a coffee or soft drink.

A selection of steaks are priced at just under £20.

3.00-6.30pm, which used to be their quietest period, is now popular for their Two-Course Menus, for £9.99.

 

Casa Ciro

Ristorante Italiano & Mediterraneo

30-31 Marine Parade

Worthing

BN11 3PT.

www.casaciro.co.uk

Email casa_ciro@btconnedt.com

Tel 01903 239090.

 

 

 

 

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.