Italian Sunday {The Ordinary Moments}

In our past lives as a newly living together couple, we had a bit of a habit of having dinner out on a Sunday night. A bit of an end of weekend treat before the working week started.

And more often than not we would go to the Italian restaurant that was round the corner from my mum and dads.

We started to nickname it Italian Sunday.

A restaurant that we have visited to celebrate almost every milestone in my life.

The restaurant I ate in with my friends when we were 15, sharing diet coke and pizzas.

Where we headed to every other Friday night at college because the wine was cheap and as strong as rocket fuel.

The place I celebrated my 18th birthday with my family and a very young husband to be.

The restaurant where we almost got kicked out of for being a bit too loud celebrating the end of our A-levels.

The only place we considered eating on Christmas Eve for around 10 years, largely because you didn’t need to book and (again) the wine was cheap.

The night we found out we were expecting O we had dinner here, before heading off to Asda for a Clearblue Digital (just to make sure).

And as I started my maternity leave we ate here on a very warm October night, for the last time as just a couple.

Every time we enter the restaurant, it is filled with memories.

Meals with best friends and wonderful family.

Every table holds a story.

And now we go as a threesome.


All set to make new memories.

mummy daddy me



  1. Natalie {Little Jam Pot Life - blog}
    September 28, 2014 / 7:48 am

    Thats so lovely! What a wonderful bunch of memories you have there! I’m finding that now for when I take my three little ones to places I went in my childhood or before coming a Mama! amazing! xx
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  2. September 28, 2014 / 7:54 am

    I love this so so so much. How wonderful that you have so many gorgeous memories there. I love that you’ve been going there since you were young and that you and your husband would have Italian Sunday’s and know you get to share that place with O. It’s just perfect, or should I say bellissimo!! Xx
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  3. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    September 28, 2014 / 8:00 am

    Oh Jo, this made me quite emotional! What lovely memories and a lovely post. Such a special place xx
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  4. September 28, 2014 / 9:15 am

    awww what a lovely post. I used to have an Italian restaurant that I often went to when I lived in Brighton, man I miss that place! I love that the tradition is being passed down.
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  5. Jenny
    September 28, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Ahh what a awesome place to have nearby to celebrate all of life’s ongoings at. I love italian and we had a similar place where we used to live and always went to celebrate and before we had kids we frequent it at least once a week. lol It’s great to have that place full of memories and to start doing it with the kids too. #ordinarymoments
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  6. lifeatthelittlewood
    September 28, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Aww, gorgeous! I love that you have a special place! When my sister and I were little our mum and dad used to bring us to a place like this every Friday night for tea. I still remember it vividly, and the little ritual of going. I’m sure your O will remember your place too, in years to come! Xx

  7. September 28, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    I really, really love this post. It’s so nice that you have a restaurant that is yours, that has so many memories and that you just keep going back to. Long may you continue to eat there and make many more happy foodie memories! x
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  8. Emily
    September 28, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    This sounds so idyllic to me! How wonderful to have a place that holds so many memories!
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  9. Betty and the Bumps
    September 28, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    We took Gwenn to York on Father’s Day because it was the first place we went for a weekend away when we first met; where we got engaged; and finally wehere we got married.

    I totally understand why you want to show him a place that’s been such a big part of your life.

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  10. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    September 28, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Oh I love this idea, the hubby and I have moved twice in our short time together and I would love to find somewhere that we can create similar memories. We do have one place we love and ended up holding our wedding breakfast there but we’ve not quite braved it since having the two babies. You have inspired me to try again sometime soon 🙂 xxx lovely post
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  11. September 28, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Aww he just looks so cute! I love that you take him back to somewhere that holds so many memories for you; it sounds like a lovely tradition and it’s so special to be able to continue them as a family.
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  12. September 28, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    I don’t know why but this post made me a little emotional Jo. How lovely to have somewhere to go and make memories that has such a past of memories too. That’s lovely. We eat out with our girls a lot (well not lots but a fair bit) and I love going out to eat together- its such a treat and because we have done it so much they are really pretty good at behaving. 😉 x
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  13. September 29, 2014 / 11:37 am

    Aw, this is such a feel-good post. It must be amazing to have a place like that in your life. I’ve moved around far too much to have somewhere quite so significant and long-lived, but I do get the idea of making memories in certain places. It really tickles me that M is starting to recognise and like the restaurants we go to, especially as they are often where we drowned our homesickness in pizza or ice cream in the first year we were here, before he came along!
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  14. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    October 1, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Thats so sweet! What a nice story. A restaurant that holds so much memory and now you are going to make a tradition with an addition. Lovely lovely story. #ordinarymoments
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  15. October 1, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Aw how special to have such lovely memories linked to a place. Here’s to many more for you. x
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