Casa Mia Chapel Allerton

As neighbourhoods go Chapel Allerton in Leeds is turning into one of those cosmopolitan enclaves of relaxed family leisure gathering that makes you feel good. Just recently we had two impromptu pop ins to Casa Mia followed by Easter Sunday Lunch with “the kids”. Six of of us sat in a place full of families enjoying a chilled out afternoon it was quite heart warming.
Antipasto, ribs, black pasta, pizza…

Lots of vino followed by desserts from the fantastic display in the chiller meant we were in there nattering away for hours. Just before we called it a day we were treated with an alcoholic ice cream delight with Grappa/Limencello on the house.

A true neighbourhood needs these types of anchors surrounded by lots of independents and Chapel Allerton is amongst the best in Leeds. Casa Mia is good value, great food and attentive service…

San Carlo Flying Pizza, Leeds

Since it’s rebirth we have visited the Flying Pizza a few times and always had a good time. However after a walk with our dog to Roundhay Park we decided to see if there were any seats available outside the FP so we could have a nice al fresco experience.
The seating is very nice outside the restaurant and it was empty so it raised our hopes. I went inside to ask if we were ok to sit outside and at first was told it may rain but then RUDELY because the Front Of House didn’t expect me to understand Italian the fact we had a dog with us the answer was no. I don’t mind if people are straight but I felt particularly offended. We are now sat outside VINeataly in Leeds a good hour later and the sun is out.
Personally and professionally we frequent Leeds Restaurants a lot but I will not spend my money or time where people have such bad manners. :-((
Ps the above mentioned dog and its owners are welcomed at The Star at Harome, The Devonshire Hotel, The Feversham Arms and many more highly regarded establishments..
VINeataly was great.. :-))



Been a while but we are back.

Based under the arches in Granary Wharf, Leeds, serving authentic Italian food and drink is VINeataly, for a Tuesday evening it was reasonably lively…We had a wander around a two storey space with the upstairs being more lounge style and downstairs cafe bar style and opted for downstairs in the window. Smart continental chic is the order of the day.

Front of house, Greg showed us the latest in wine dispensing gadgetry, the first outside London and provided us with a pre paid card so we could try it out. It houses 3 white wines, 3 reds, 1 rose and 1 fine wine all of which can be sampled for a charge…a great idea for when the place is packed as saves you queuing at the bar…

Food wise we ordered 2 starter plates, 1 Italian ham and cheese antipasto and a mixed bruschetta, you would have to be very hungry to tackle a main so suggest 1 between 2…both platters were very well presented and tasty. For mains I had Grilled Tiger Prawns with garlic, very tasty but not quite on a par with Mattia’s other establishment Diva Italiana in Pudsey, but VINeataly is more of a cafe bar more than a full blown restaurant.. G had thick sliced Italian ham with roast potatoes and mustard mayo which in his words was the ” gammon” he has ever had. To finish we had an Italian cheese plate, ok but would have benefited from having a soft blue such as Dolcelatte. Food cost approx £40, wine on average £6 a glass…Cool city centre experience with matching prices..will be special to sit outside in the fabulous Granary Wharf space…..

Roll on summer..