Tropea, the ‘Italian neighbourhood restaurant’ located in Harborne, Birmingham, has been featured in both the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide.
Tropea is the creation of Ben Robinson Young and Kasia Piatkowska, who met whilst studying Culinary Arts at the University College Birmingham in 2010. Inspired by a picturesque town on the Calabrian coast, Tropea (pronounced Tro-Pey-Ah) sits in the leafy Birmingham suburb of Harborne.
Tropea’s menu is heavily influenced by food sold on the streets of Italy. Made up of small plates, designed to share, it includes snacks, fresh pastas, seafood and regional specialities reflecting fresh produce, from day-boat fish to venison.
Tropea’s listing in the Michelin Guide describes it as ‘a bright, modern neighbourhood restaurant serving flavourful, fuss-free Italian sharing plates’. They recommend sampling the homemade pasta dishes on offer, describing them as a ‘highlight’, and praise the restaurant’s list of Italian wines. The guide also notes Tropea’s ‘buzzing atmosphere and friendly service’.
The Good Food Guide describes Tropea as ‘a fantastic neighbourhood independent that is well worth seeking out’. They commend Robinson-Young and his team for running the front of house with ‘natural, relaxed skill’, and Piatkowska for her ‘interesting and authentic’ menu of regional specialties.
“We are both humbled and honoured in equal measure to have been recognised by both the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide this year. We would like to say a huge thank you to both guides and to our customers for their continued support. It’s a really exciting time for restaurants in Birmingham and it feels amazing to be a part of it.”