From classic carbonara to squid ink spaghetti, here’s where to get your pasta fix in Leeds.
Simple yet oh-so-delicious, nothing beats a good bowl of pasta. But where can you load up on the delicious Italian staple in Leeds? These five restaurants are the best in the city. They use fresh ingredients and authentic techniques to create irresistibly moreish noodles, coated in rich and flavourful sauces. Whether you like to stick with classics or experiment with unusual flavour combinations, there’s something for everyone on this list. So what are you waiting for? Dig in.
Nestled above the Grand Arcade is Stuzzi, a modern Italian restaurant that prides itself on serving up authentic Italian pasta. So much so, they only use special Neapolitan flour and follow traditional pasta-making techniques from the continent. They’re constantly switching up the menu, so you won’t know what’s on offer until you’re sat down – but you can bet it’ll be darn tasty. The menu takes inspiration from every corner of Italy, with everything from classics like spaghetti carbonara to local delicacies like ‘nduja conchglioni, giant pasta shells stuffed and smothered with a spicy sausage ragu. Can’t get enough? You can buy freshly made noodles to take home from their shop.
Stuzzi, 7 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ. Pasta dishes are around £8-£9.
If you want delicious pasta in a flash, Culto is the place to go in Leeds. It’s a compact Italian eatery from the same folk behind Poco. Inside, it’s got a rustic feel with just a handful of tables. Take a pew and dive into their menu of quick and tasty pasta dishes. You can get your plate heaped high with spaghetti al pomodoro, linguine carbonara and penne all’arrabbiata. If you’re after something a bit different, try the ravioli di astice. You get fresh pasta parcels stuffed with lobster and cooked in a creamy tomato sauce. No time to eat-in? It’s a takeaway too, so you can get all the same deliciousness to-go or even delivered to your door.
Culto, 97 Stainbeck Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2PR. Pasta dishes range from £6.50 to £10.95.
Salvo’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in Leeds and they’ve been whipping up delectable bowls of pasta for over 40 years. While this family-run restaurant has stylish modern decor, it’s all about traditional, home-style Italian pasta here. You’ll find an array of familiar dishes like ravioli, frutti di mare and lasagne on the menu. The latter is a must-try – they smother tender morsels of veal and pork in a rich tomato sauce, then layer it between sheets of pasta. It’s topped with mozzarella and baked in the oven ’til it’s bubbling. No gluten? No problem. They have a dedicated menu of tasty pasta dishes for you to enjoy.
Salvo’s, 115 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3PX. Pasta dishes range from £8.50 to £13.50.
If you want to enjoy authentic Italian pasta in stunning surroundings, seek out Buon Apps in Otley. This delightful riverside restaurant has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that give incredible views over the River Wharf. The menu is filled with unusual pasta dishes, like black spaghetti tossed with tiger prawns and vegan beetroot ravioli, stuffed with spiced chickpeas. They even have a ragu with a chocolatey twist – the tagliatelle saraceno cervo e cioccolato brings together veal with red wine, dark chocolate, tomatoes and juniper. It’s sweet, rich and meaty, all in one. In summer, you can head out to their lush green terrace and dine from their seasonal al fresco menu.
Buon Apps, Hartley House, 50 Mill Lane, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 1FE. Pasta dishes range from £12.50 to £18.95.
The only restaurant in Leeds dedicated to pasta, the folk at Sarto have mastered the art of the Italian staple. It’s the brainchild of Dave Olejnik from Laynes Espresso, who wanted to create a cool, informal restaurant that serves downright delicious pasta – and boy, does it deliver. The noodles are handmade daily using fresh, organic ingredients and specially imported flour. You’ll find a mix of unusual combinations and classics done well on their seasonal menu. Keep it simple with dishes like the pomodoro radiatori or try the minted lamb shoulder rigatoni, which is served sprinkled with Sheep Rustler cheese.
Sarto, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG. Pasta dishes range from £6.50 to £9.50.