LA Margherita is a stylish Italian restaurant set in the plush surroundings of Town Quay in Southampton.

Boasting a warm, fashionable contemporary interior and a vibrant menu, my fiance and I visited the restaurant on a quiet Monday evening with the aim of enjoying just a light meal and a couple of drinks.

Serenaded by the delightful background music of an American jazz singer, we plumped for a tasty main course and soft drinks. I ordered the New York Caesar salad, while my fiancee opted for the Penne Cacciatora.

My salad was presented in a traditional Italian bowl dressed in large lettuce leaves. There was plenty of warm, grilled chicken to accompany the salad, croutons and parmesan dressing, though the meat was a little on the tough side. Still this didn't ruin what proved to be a very generous and filling meal.

My fiancee's pasta looked both plentiful and divine. Cooked in a delicious tomato sauce with lashings of herbs, there wasn't a single helping of penne pasta left, while the accompanying chicken was beautifully tender!

The total bill, including two soft drinks came to just a few pence shy of £20.

If you fancy a relaxing evening with good food and drink then La Margherita ticks all the boxes.

Its menu is broad and appealing, its staff delightful and attentive, and its dcor charming and refined.

La Margherita,1 Town Quay, Southampton. Reservations: 023 8033 3390