The 5 best Italian restaurants in Leeds


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As a cosmopolitan city bursting with culture, it should come as no surprise that Leeds has a thriving restaurant scene. Italian eateries play a key role in this, with some fantastic haunts to visit in and around the city centre. Whether you live in the heart of town or you’re travelling in to dine from a place such as Castleford, Halifax or Huddersfield, here are the five best Italian restaurants Leeds has to offer. La dolce vita, indeed.

Veeno

As one of the city’s top-rated eateries of any cuisine, Veeno is right at the forefront when it comes to the best Italian restaurants in Leeds city centre. As popular for its wine, cocktails and wine tasting menus as it is for the pizza and pasta, Veeno is moulded on quintessential Italian living and produces its own wines on the family-owned vineyard.

Trattoria Il Forno

If you’re searching for the best wood-fired pizza in the Leeds area, Trattoria Il Forno is an absolute must. Lying on the north-east outskirts of town in Horsforth, expect hearty pizzas served in a relaxed, welcoming environment. A small, family-run restaurant, don’t forget to leave a bit of room for some refreshing after-dinner gelato.

Zucco

This contemporary Italian restaurant is found in the Meanwood area of the northern suburbs, and has an extensive menu that successfully combines traditional and modern Mediterranean cooking. You may be so impressed that you decide to take home one of their hampers with you, or order one as a treat for someone special.

Culto

Less than a mile down the road from Zucco, this authentic eatery is indeed worthy of a cult following that worships the fare on offer. Based on an affordable takeaway concept but with the option to stay and eat in the dining area, the food is traditional and very reasonably priced. With so many ingredients being imported from Italy, you can be sure of a bona fide feast.

Da Vito Ristorante

Back in the city centre just a stone’s throw from the train station, Da Vito Ristorante is one of the best Italian restaurants Leeds city centre plays host to. The place to go for homestyle Italian cooking, big, bold flavours are crafted with fresh ingredients to give this relatively new player on the local culinary scene a lofty and well-deserved reputation.

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