Salvo's Restaurant, Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Situated in Headingley, Salvo's restaurant is one of Leeds' longest running family-run restaurants. The restaurant is now in its 42nd year with the restaurant originally opened by Salvatore Danmore. These days the restaurant is run by his two sons John Danmore and his brother Gip.
The Leeds restaurant has been a mainstay of the Good Food Guide since 1984 and is included in this year's edition.
On visiting on a wet, windy winter night first impressions of entering the restaurant is the warm, lively atmosphere that greets you. Following the recent refurbishment it looks modern yet still has retained the cosiness that makes for an intimate dining experience.
My starter of Polpette - Spicy pork and nduja meatballs with tomato sugo was very spicy and rich in tomatoes, but the main thing was that I could still taste the meatballs.
My sister went for the Pizza Marinara - Garlic, basil oil and tomatoe it was undercut with the herbs cutting through the taste of the tomatoes.
My main of Patagonia pizza was served Neapolitan style which means a thick crust and lots of toppings that create a deep filling top. Good quality ham and very spices salami - just like you get when in Italy made for a top quality pizza.
Good to see that the restaurant is adaptable to requests as my sister is not a meat eater so the chef improvised on the Classic Margherita Pizza by adding vegetables to the topping, such as mushrooms, green salad and extra spices and chilli.
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It made it a more personal dining experience for everyone with Gip going around the tables and speaking to all the diners. His exuberance and passion for the food and where it is all sourced from, let you know that you were not dining in one of the usual Italian chain restaurants. There are photos of the family on the walls, though I could not see one of Gip, but you will find his photo on the back of the main menu!
We chose from the a la carte menu but the best value is the early bird menu where 2 courses cost £15, or 3 courses £19 from Monday to Thursday 6 -7pm and Friday 5.30 to 7pm.
It is a popular restaurant, with its reputation for good quality Italian food, great service and reasonable prices. I am sure the restaurant will be appearing in the Good Food Guide for years to come.
Salvo's Restaurant, 115 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds. LS6 3PX
Telephone: 0113 275 5017
Salvo's Restaurant, Leeds, 7th February 2018, 8:15 AM