Meating the new era for family restaurant

Giuseppe Zammuto, pictured with his son Christian. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Zammuto MC 7
Giuseppe Zammuto, pictured with his son Christian. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Zammuto MC 7
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Italian favourite returns as a steak and grill house where two can feast for £20 each.

To many it has been part of the family for years, and now one restaurant is hoping to create many more memories following its reopening.

AFillet Steak cooks on the grill at Zammuto Steak & Grill House, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster. Picture: NSST Zammuto MC 9

AFillet Steak cooks on the grill at Zammuto Steak & Grill House, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster. Picture: NSST Zammuto MC 9

For nearly 20 years Fratellis - brothers in English - welcomed diners keen to sample authentic Sicilian dishes to its bijou base on the fringes of Doncaster town centre.

Now after a seven month hiatus Giuseppe along with son Christian and mum Maria Zammuto have refurbished their restaurant and changed tact with their new incarnation - now with three generations running the firm.

Zammuto has seen the family move away from offering Italian classics to mainly being a steak and grill house, which Giuseppe says is in response to customer demand.

Keen to see if the new era for this family business matched the standards of years gone by we went on an early evening. Gone was the old decor, which was starting to date, and in its place was a more contemporary look of slate grey walls, offset by dark wooden flooring and retro glass industrial lighting.

Zammuto Steak & Grill House, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Zammuto MC 3

Zammuto Steak & Grill House, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Zammuto MC 3

The menu has been slimmed down, but evidence of Zammuto’s heritage can be found in the selection of Italian dishes that made the cut.

However, with the Nether Hall Road restaurant now billing itself as offering top quality steak at affordable prices, we decided to put this to the test. To start we ordered the Italian sharing platter of mixed Italian ham and cheeses, mini bruschetta and olives.

The dish delivered exactly what it promised. The only slight criticism was the lack of balsamic vinegar on bruschetta to make the tomatoes really sing.

However, it is the main event that really should get diners going back. For £20 per person Zammuto offers couples a 10oz fillet steak and sauce each, two sides and a bottle of house red to share.

The steak was perfectly cooked - coloured on the outside while pink, succulent and tender in the middle. Each morsel was melt-in the-mouth with the quality of the meat shining through - impressive as you may expect a lesser fillet for the price.

The pepper sauce packed a punch but could have been creamier. The chunky chips were excellent, while I was glad that the Fratelli carrots had been retained. An old personal favourite, the tarragon and butter came through providing a slightly sweet accompaniment to the steak.

Zammuto may have lost some tradition. However, its concept of focusing on serving up top quality food while keeping overheads low - it’s a cash only restaurant - was evident in our bill of £47.95 and has to be applauded.

Star rating out of five:

Food: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 5