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Safely keeping its distance from the ever-growing capitalist centre of Leeds is a heartfelt, authentic Italian delicatessen which oozes the class the city pretenders can only dream of.
, but the fine food is far from where this little Horsforth-based outlet draws the line, as their extensive range of coffees, familiar or otherwise, seems to suggest.
If you can ignore the typical West Yorkshire weather outside and slip into a fantasist's mindset, it's easy to kid yourself that you're actually in Naples or Florence, but there are no communication concerns here.
Managed by native Italian Michele, a sociable character with a clear passion for food and presentation, the largely wooden interior décor has a particularly continental feel.
Shelf upon shelf of homemade sauce, pesto and cooking oils are free to browse, while fresh chorizo, salami and mozzarella can be ordered from behind the traditional deli screen. However, for the full experience, it's best to eat in.
For under £5 a head customers are spoilt for choice from the Panini and Sandwich menu, while traditional Italian dishes such as Lasagne or Meatballs can be obtained for a fraction more.
On the last Thursday of every month the ever-present Michele stages an Italian tapas night which consists of six delightful dishes served at a rapid pace. With 'bring your own booze' an option, conversation is frequently in full swing with the Deli usually fulfilling its capacity.
Booking in advance is advised, though, as this popular monthly ritual is a must for many locals of Horsforth. As ever, kids are more than welcome, and they may even have a drawing posted on the wall should it match the quality of the collage already behind the till.
Indeed, the only thing British about
is the option to read The Daily Mail
, but don't let that mishap put you off eating at one of the friendliest food outlets in Leeds. Take the number 97 bus
from the city centre and step off at the last stop on North Broadgate Lane, or the first stop on Long Row just a little further. You'll find
at the top of Long Row (LS18 5AA).
Alternatively, take the 12 minute train journey from Leeds train station to Horsforth
. The deli is a 10-15 minute walk from Horsforth station, albeit almost exclusively uphill. Bus numbers 50 and 50A also swing nearby.
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