Diva Italiana

It’s been a bit of a strange but nice week as I have managed to find myself home by 6pm all but once. On Thursday I had my 6 month check up at the dentist and as I left my phone pinged a text from Mattia Boldetti(Diva Italiana and VINeataly) inviting us to take the last table on Diva’s White Truffle Night that very evening with a good deal, 3 courses plus 2 glasses of wine for £25.
I checked with The Boss and we decided to leave the dinner in the fridge and try out Diva. I have to admit that for a long time after it opened Diva was our favourite place but for a while now it hasn’t been on our top list.
We started with an hour catch up (who says married couples don’t talk to each other……) over a couple of drinks in the bar which was nicely busy. A lovely touch was that we were seated at our favourite little table looking into the kitchen. Massimo has always been one of the most talented chefs in Leeds and he and his team were in full flow. I felt I should pick a good bottle of red for the menu. After a discussion with the maitre d it came down to a choice from Brunello( my favourite), Amarone and a Barbaresco, which is the one I went for.
An amuse-bouche of white truffle cheese nibble was delicious. The starter of hand made wild mushroom ravioli with fontina cheese and saffron sprinkled with a decent amount of Piedmont truffle flakes had an intense and subtle contradiction going on which really worked well.
A little break allowed a couple of glasses of the red to slip down nicely before the main arrived. A perfect sirloin of Tuscan roast beef with a truffle and white wine sauce accompanied by crispy pancetta and roasted Italian potatoes (lemony/herby) was absolutely fantastic!
Finally the dessert of chocolate truffle tart with pistachio ice cream finished an inspired menu that was Massimo at his very best.

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The bill would have been exceptional value had it not been for my extravagance but even with a top wine I must say the overall experience and value was spot on.
Chatting with Mattia after the meal, he suggested pre ordering a couple of days in advance anything we liked which is not currently on the menu..
G&D.

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