Inside the The Light there are a number of eateries to choose from, and one of my favourites is by far the never disappointing Zizzi's.
The kooky open-plan interior is inspired by the Leeds cool city culture; a mismatch of leather booths, woollen stalls and wicker chairs are placed either sides of large traditional tables that provide an overall bright and bustling vibe. Even the toilets are a reflection of the cities local football club. A brave touch, I always admire is the open kitchen counter, decorated with hanging strings of chillies, cured meats, garlic and onions, is bordered with strip lights to prove the chef's at Zizzi's have nothing to hide.
As a student at the Leeds University, my dad had come up to visit me and after a good three weeks of living on jacket potatoes and £1 bags of kale I decided I was in need of something stodgy and filling, I decided on Zizzi's.
Our waitress incredibly friendly; we were seated immediately and when asked she gave us insightful information of the menu. For starters I ordered the Gamberoni Arrosto (roasted prawns with parsley, butter, lemon and chilli) at £6.95 and my dad ordered the Bruschetta Formaggio di Capra (goats' cheese, balsamic infused onion, roasted peppers and basil placed on top of ciabatta bread) at £4.95. We barely waited 15 minutes for our starters to arrive.
The prawns were juicy and not too overcooked as they sometimes can be and the chilli/lemon combination gave just the right amount of kick without overpowering the flavour of the prawns. My dad's bruschetta was a plentiful portion but not too filling at the risk of spoiling the main course.
The Clarissa Calzone at £9.35 seemed a fair price for the amount plated up. Stuffed with peppers, olives, pine nuts, aubergine coated in a rich tomato sauce with melted mozzarella and goats' cheese made for a purely indulgent flavour.
For good measure I also decided on treating myself to a pudding (thanks Dad!) which just had to be chocolate. The Chocolate Melt I settled on was a rich, gooey dessert with Italian ice cream at £5.35 and my dad had the Torta Cioccolate at £5.15, a chocolate, hazenut cheesecake type base accompanied by chocolate torte on top also with gelato. Both were completely indulgent and good sized portions leaving me extremely satisfied.
Overall I would highly recommend Zizzi's if you're looking for traditional, rustic Italian food at reasonable prices that will leave you full and satisfied.