Exterior

Exterior

After recent trips to Tani Modi and Maialino, my Italian deli quest continued today at Sprio. I’d spotted the place on many jaunts through Stockbridge, but never got round to stopping in and trying their wares, until today.

With an outstandingly warm welcome and super smart surroundings, they made a very favourable first impression. I took a moment or two to contemplate what was on offer, but soon spotted exactly what I was requiring.

To go with their soup of the day, which was potato, chickpea and parsley, I chose their number 6 panini, which brought together tomato, aubergine and scamorza cheese.

Soup

Soup

Smoked aubergine is one of my all-time favourite things, so the prospect of the smokey scamorza blending with the roasted aubergine sounded like an outstanding combination. I was not disappointed, as the panini proved to be very satisfying, indeed.

The soup was every bit as good, with the elements combining very well. I was slightly sceptical about the need for both potato and chickpea in the same soup, but the rustic broth retained the distinct flavours of both, while combining their differing textures highly effectively.

Panini

Panini

I rounded things out with good Mokambo espresso, then paused to reflect on a highly enjoyable lunch, before trudging up the hill to return to workaday life.

So overall, I was well impressed with Sprio. The place is really bright, with quirky art work bedecking the walls. Service is full of warmth and joviality. It’s a wee bit on the pricey side, but the quality is so high that it’s entirely worth it. I’d strongly recommend you pay it a visit, at your earliest convenience.

Scores

Blythe scores Sprio
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: potato and chickpea soup; scamorza, tomato and aubergine panini

I drank: water, espresso

I wore: purple tie

Total bill: £9.40

Sprio on Urbanspoon

Written by BKR