REVIEW: Zucco, Leeds
When I first started this blog in November I envisaged that it would be full of restaurant reviews - after all, eating out is one of my favourite hobbies and there are always lots of lovely places popping up in Leeds. It turns out, however, that I'm just a bit too greedy to be a good food blogger - I'm always diving into the yumminess before I remember that I should have taken a photo first!
But when we rocked up to Zucco on Friday night I knew I had to capture our experience to tell you all about it here. It's been on our list for a little while and we definitely weren't disappointed! Set in Meanwood, Zucco specialises in fresh and authentic Italian tapas dishes, covering everything from amazing pasta to slow cooked lamb - which is perfect if like me, you like to sample a little bit of everything! The menu changes daily and incorporates lots of seasonal food - there is also an awesome drinks menu to cater for every taste.
As it was Friday night and we were celebrating the arrival of a long awaited weekend, we both opted for an Aperol spritz. They were delicious, refreshing and suitably boozy! I also fell in love with the glasses and stripey straws - so kitsch.
We started our meal with a plate of pizzetta and some deep fried arancini. Unfortunately the pizzetta was inhaled before I could take a snap, but it was really tasty and fresh - not too heavy considering it was a carby choice! The arancini was in a completely different realm though - so comforting and lovely, and the garlic mayo and rocket really helped to cut through the creaminess.
We then moved onto our main dishes - we chose four plates to share, including both meat and veggie options. The first to arrive was this delicious slow cooked lamb - this seriously blew both of our minds!!! The gravy was so rich and tasty and the meat fell off the bone with only the tiniest prod. We were both fighting over the last mouthful - we might need to order one each next time!
Next up was the beef pappardelle which was also really delicious. The pasta had obviously been made fresh that day and the flavours were really punchy - you can really taste the quality of the ingredients that they use at Zucco. Unfortunately I was starting to fill up by this point so I couldn't really go to town on the pasta, but Sam more than made up for it!
We then moved on to a chicken dish, which was covered in breadcrumbs and parmesan, and served with vegetables and a homemade pesto. The parmesan packed a real punch and the breadcrumb crust provided lots of texture. This was quite a light dish which was a nice contrast to some of the more carby options we indulged in.
Last but certainly by no means least were these little babies - deep fried zucchini sprinkled with mint. I can't even begin to tell you how good these were - even Sam loved them, and he hates courgettes! They were so more-ish - really light and crispy, but with a delicious flavour and texture. Promise me you'll order a portion if you visit Zucco? I swear you won't regret it!
I was way too stuffed for dessert by this point, but I will definitely try to leave room next time we visit as they looked amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our evening at Zucco - the atmostphere was relaxed, the service was very friendly and informative and the food was just perfect. I think it might have knocked some of my all time Leeds faves off of the top spot - I can see us spending many a date night/family dinner/birthday gathering here in the near future!
Have you been to Zucco? Did you love it as much as we did?