Zucco: Impeccable Italian Taste in North Leeds

Zucco in Meanwood (North Leeds) specialises in small Italian sharing plates – a kind of Italian version of tapas.  It wasn’t the food that lured me there though – I was first drawn in by the decor.  Driving past, on the way to nearby Waitrose, I’d enviously eyed the gleaming tiled walls and moulded wooden ceiling.  I reasoned that a restaurant with such a keen eye for style  couldn’t have too poor a taste in food, so I opted to eat there without any preliminary research (a very rare occurrence) and wasn’t disappointed.

The menu varies seasonally and features an interesting, but not overwhelming, selection of small dishes.  The food is fresh and local, and focuses on simple, authentic Italian cookery.  My highlights were the meltingly tender braised beef pappardelle, the salt cod ravioli and the addictive poached pear in chocolate.  They also have a solid selection of wines and I always love a restaurant that gives you the option of wine by the carafe (better value than 2 glasses but less headache-inducing than a bottle).

And for a lover of design there was much to draw inspiration from.  The on-trend white subway tiles contrast against the dark wooden ceiling and I particularly loved the bare flex and filament lighting that ran up the centre of the room (you can find similar at Cox & Cox).  I’m also ashamed to say that I even took pictures of the bathroom decor for future reference – if we ever re-do our bathroom I would definitely try to track down similar Victorian style fittings

I realised after leaving that I should have also taken some pictures of the food, but be reassured that was equally as alluring as the decor (though I’m less likely to attempt to recreate it!)

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