Mexican-Italian fusion restaurants are not a common sight in Sheffield, especially when attached to a gas station.
Sette Colli in Hillsborough opened in 2003 and it is clear that it has since built an enviable reputation as a small local restaurant loved by many.
The restaurant is apparently “rapidly becoming a place to eat in Sheffield” – and after visiting an eerily quiet Hillsborough mid-week it was easy to see why.
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The restaurant is quite compact, but it was filled to the ceiling with guests, which you don’t normally see on a Monday evening.
Fortunately only an hour before we had decided to book in advance, we arrived at 8pm and were given a small table by the window.
The first thing that struck me when we looked through the menu was the wide variety of options.
There were so many dishes to choose from, but for value for money we opted for something from the two-course special menu available Monday through Thursday.
This was split into pizza and pasta (£ 14.95) or Mexican (£ 16.95) and we chose the former.
There were six starters to choose from and 12 main courses – quite an extensive list for a menu.
I didn’t want to fill myself up with garlic bread so I opted for Funghi Al Aglio – mushrooms with garlic, white wine, and parsley – while my friend chose Formagio Frito – Italian cheese with breadcrumbs, deep fried and served in an Italian tomato sauce.
The portions weren’t huge, but they were exactly what we both wanted from a starter before the main course.
No skimp on the garlic which was a bonus for me and my friend enjoyed the creaminess of the Italian tomato sauce.
At this point we decided to have a bottle of wine with our meal. The house white, which contained 1 liter instead of the usual 750 cl, cost £ 19.95 and went under too easily.
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I chose Pasticio Al Forno – oven baked tubes of pasta with chicken, mushrooms, Bolognese, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese – with my friend who enjoys a Pizza Milano which is your default tomato and cheese with chicken, mushrooms and salami .
As with the starters, both dishes were excellent. The pizza was loaded with toppings and the pasta was filled with a lot of melted cheese – maybe too much if I’m really picky as I struggled to eat it all due to the creaminess and thickness of the dish.
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Because the restaurant is so small and compact, the atmosphere is warm and friendly. The staff was consistently attentive and it felt very cozy in the restaurant.
So many big restaurant chains can be described as soulless and boring, but that’s not the case with Sette Colli.
It’s a charming little hidden gem in an unusual position next to a gas station.
You might miss it when you drive by, but it’s clearly a desirable place for a leisurely meal or, as we saw Monday night, a large family gathering.
A group of at least 10 people celebrated their birthday on the table next to us and despite the large number of people, the restaurant never felt crowded or noisy as the staff were able to cater to all guests’ requests.
It was certainly no exaggeration by the owners to say that Sette Colli “is quickly becoming a place to eat in Sheffield” and if you have not tried it I would highly recommend this.
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