[Playa de las Americas, Tenerife] First Love

If such was needed, First Love is another example that you only need to move a few metres away from the “Golden Mile” to find better food – and cheaper too.

Since we were last here, this small Italian owned restaurant seems to have consolidated its reservations into two sittings – a bit early at 7pm and a bit late at 8.30. We went early. The new system seems to be working. It was full. And, as time got on, folk were turned away, presumably the table that had just emptied being reserved for an 8.30 customer. It’s a short menu – maybe half a dozen starters and may a dozen main courses, of which half are pasta.

For one starter, king prawns in garlic oil. The heads are in the bowl for those who suck them. A selection of bruschetta for the other. One topped simply with chopped tomato, another with a really flavoursome caponata and the third with ham and mozzarella.

Gnocchi came in a flavorsome tomato sauce, with basil and mozzarella. Orecchiette was a dry dish with small chunks of sausage and broccoli dressing the pasta. I’ve had this dish at a place near home and it’s a cracker. Parmesan gave it a little creaminess. Both of these were simple dishes but all the better for it.

Tiramisu is my favourite Italian dessert and I’ll always order it in a new place. First Love isn’t new for us but I’d forgotten how there version was. It was fine. In itself a lovely bowl of sweet creaminess but lacking the real kick from coffee and booze that the top versions have. Vanilla pannacotta was also fine with just the right amount of wobble. There’s a little whipped cream , sliced strawberries and an OK strawberry sauce.

Coffee was good,as you’d expect in an Italian gaff.