A Family Affair
Next on The Sedgefield News tour of social amenities in Sedgefield is Julia and Sofia’s Italian Restaurant in Church View. I have to confess, my family and I have eaten there at least six times in its first year of business; so it was no hardship to say “yes” to this particular assignment.
Prior to our visit I had arranged to speak with one of the owners of the restaurant. Tony Troci, together with his business partner Nico, is the co-owner of Julia & Sofia’s. I started by asking if the name of the restaurant has any special significance. Tony explained that their aim, as a family business, was to create a cosy and comfortable, family-friendly environment in which customers could enjoy a range of freshly prepared food. He, and his partner, reasoned that a family centred name for a family oriented business would be an appropriate choice; and so, as each partner has a daughter the restaurant became Julia & Sofia’s.
At 6.30 one Saturday evening in January my wife and I, together with my son and his girlfriend, happily convened in Julia and Sofia’s to do our duty for The Sedgefield News. We always find the atmosphere in the restaurant is pleasant and homely, just what you need for that “cosy and comfortable” feeling that the owners aspired to. The décor is understated but agreeable and the staff are attentive, pleasant to a fault and extremely helpful. They dealt helpfully with the nut allergy queries from one of our party; and without fuss. The menu has a range of simple and inexpensive Italian staples together with a number of more complex and adventurous dishes. Our food was excellent as ever and the bill for the four of us came in at around Eighty Pounds for starters, mains, two desserts and drinks.
When speaking to Mr Troci, I asked him about the lack of dietary information on the menu. He advised me that staff routinely deal with dietary requests in the ordering process. They feel that the restaurant’s food being freshly prepared in the kitchens gives them the flexibility to respond to customer’s requests in this way. Certainly our experience in this respect was positive. Nevertheless, they plan to introduce revised menus, complete with dietary information very soon.
Wheelchair access is restricted although it is possible to access some of the eating areas, as one customer demonstrated on the evening we visited. Unfortunately, due to structural reasons wheelchairs are not able to pass through the entrance to the toilet facilities.
All in all another pleasant evening in Julia & Sofia’s for us. A quick trawl through the comments on Trip Advisor and the restaurant’s social media will show that we are far from alone in that opinion.