THAT'S THE MENU AT PREZZO
With its cosmopolitan black and white décor, marble floors and skilfully choreographed tables its hard to imagine you are in the middle of the city’s shopping hub.
In fact if you close your eyes and take in the ambience of Prezzo around you could well be dining in some stylish bistro somewhere in Italy rather than in The Light.
There’s a certain Neapolitan feel about this restaurant that begins with the warm welcome you receive from its very knowledgeable, friendly and caring staff.
Prezzo has a wonderful array of seasonal cocktails with an Italian twist and its Spritz types are light and refreshing and some of the very best. . My colleague opted for a Pimm’s Spritz with Pimm’s, Prosecco and Lemonade garnished with mint and cucumber. She found it very refreshing. The taste of the Pimm’s came through very strongly and she absolutely loved the glass it was served in.
I opted for the Pink Gin Spritz garnished with raspberries, which didn’t detract from the taste of the gin indeed it gave it a flavoursome refreshing taste and a gin drinker I certainly approved.
Prezzo’s menu is very extensive and it really is a mammoth task to decide what to eat so an aperitif is to be recommended whilst you study the plethora of food on offer.
For me the choice was easy as they have one of my favourite dishes on the menu as a starter – Giant Meatballs. These were a very generous portion and came with a pomodoro sauce and shavings of Italian cheese. The sauce was perfection I could really taste the tomatoes and the texture was smooth whilst the meatballs just melted in my mouth.
My colleagues Tomato Bruschetta was a special Prezzo version with basil pesto. It was warm and very tasty and the basil pesto was a great taste addition to the dish.
For main I chose the Sea Bass, a difficult fish to cook and serve just right. My portion was more than generous and the fish was succulent and moist. It came accompanied by peas, broccoli, beans, asparagus, spinach, cherry tomatoes however I asked for mine not to include the roquito chillies. The myriad of vegetables were so well matched and an artwork of presentation and the dish offered a side dish of my choice.
I chose the House Fries which came with a truffle-infused oil and shavings of Italian cheese which gave the humble fries a real tasty almost gourmet touch.
Spaghetti with King Prawns, a classic Italian dish, was my colleague’s choice. The chilli garlic pomodoro sauce was very very tasty and spicy giving the dish a real kick however there was a shortage of King Prawns. Her accompanying Rocket Salad was a very generous portion with a tangy dressing of olive oil and balsamic and lots of Parmesan cheese and balanced with the Spaghetti dish so well.
You can’t visit Prezzo without being wooed by one of their desserts. My colleagues Tiramisu with coffee liqueur, Marsala wine, cocoa and mascarpone she described as “like velvet”. It was smooth, very moist, light with that homemade Italian taste.
I opted for the three mini Panna Cottas. These were beautifully presented with fruit compote and mint leaves and looked too good to eat. Indeed they were my heaven on a plate. The tartness of the compote complimented the sweetness of the Panna Cotta wonderfully.
Prezzo is one of those places that you don’t need an excuse to dine at. But it’s also the perfect place for just about any occasion from business or girlie shopping lunches to family gatherings, special occasions or that romantic date night.
Open: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun 11.30am to 10.00pm – Fri/Sat 11.30.am to 11.00pm
Prezzo is situated in The Light, The Headrow Leeds. Tel: 0113 246 1910