Univeristy of Leeds history student and aspiring journalist. Personal twitter: https://twitter.com/lizziescours
Published November 11th 2012
Salvos Restaurant & Salumeria are situated in Headingley, just a little bit further down from the Arndale Centre (home of exotic locations such as Wilkinson's, Sainsbury's, Greggs…). Walking in is like taking one small step for man, and one giant step out of the student bubble.
The restaurant requires booking in advance, and so we opted to go for the Café for our Saturday lunch. The café also doubles up as a Salumeria (an Italian delicatessen – we didn't know either), which gives it a really warm and authentic atmosphere.
My first impressions were that the staff were all so friendly. They were very welcoming and accommodating, despite us being a big group rocking up at their peak hour and expecting there to be space. The menu was the type that as your eyes move down the page you think 'I want that', 'Oh no I want that instead', 'Oh but I definitely want that', 'Oh but…'. Suffice to say it took us a while to order.
For a starter we got some bowls of bread to share. They bring them over with oil and vinegar, and the bread, for someone who has been living off Sainsbury's basics for a little too long, which beyond excellent. For my main course I had a chicken, mushroom, and spicy tomato griddled piadine. This was a sort of flat bread which had been toasted, and it was delicious. Our whole group agreed unanimously on the high quality of the food, which was really very reasonable. My piadine cost just over five pounds, whilst main meals averaged at just under ten. For a dining experience that feels far above that of a little student diner, I would consider this exceptional value for money.
And so, I would wholeheartedly recommend Salvo's for anyone looking to dine in Headingley. There is nothing for me to fault it on, and if I happen to be feeling rich enough to eat out again before the end of term, I have a feeling they will be seeing me again.