Salvo’s Salumeria – Headingley

Salvo’s is an institution in Leeds, actually make that Yorkshire. It’s been open over 40 years and is great for grabbing an authentic plate of Southern Italian food, but what you might not know about is Salvo’s Salumeria. A little café one door down from the restaurant with a fantastic deli counter – perfect for a lazy lunch.

Phil and I were feeling a tad on the hungover side on Sunday so needed somewhere close by for a feeding. Usually Salvo’s Salumeria doesn’t cross my mind (I’m sorry to say I have a tendency for the shiny new) but we’d gone there with work on the Friday lunch and I had an incredible sandwich – I knew I had to go back. We arrived at around midday missing the brunch crowd and were a little on the early side for lunch so there were still some tables left outside. It’s small though so I wouldn’t be surprised if you had to wait for a table at peak times. You can also order food or coffee from the deli to take away, if you’re in a rush just grab and go (the coffee really is great by the way).

We decided on a load of dishes to share; the Vegetarian Platter (£7.50) which was a selection of delicious, quality ingredients – favourites were those artichokes and little balsamic pickled onions. I was a bit undecided on the pickled chestnuts but it was nice to have something a bit more unusual as part of the board!

Burrata with Basil, Nectarine and Tomatoes (I think it was around £6.50) – burrata is my absolute favourite cheese and should be almost liquid inside. This was definitely up there with some of the best I’ve had and worked perfectly with the fruit combination.

THE Porchetta sandwich (again think it was around £5.50/£6), it was the one I’d had at Friday lunchtime and I was SO impressed by it I convinced Phil I needed to have it again. Tender porchetta balanced with pickled red onions in a ciabatta roll – perfect! Definitely enough for a lunch unless you’re on a hungover eating mission…

Veal, Pork and Pea Arancini (around £5.50) served with an aioli were hugely flavourful. Really rich with a nice red pepper (or maybe it was sundried tomato) flavour running through them. Not at all greasy but definitely good stodginess – perfect for that hangover. Thought we were done? We may also have got a couple of freshly made doughnuts to take away… (just great dunked into that coffee) – not too doughy with a lemon zesty kick. If none of that tickled your taste buds then you can create your own meat/cheese board from their massive selection; fabulous with a glass of wine! My only gripe with the whole meal was they’d run out of tiramisu.

Salvo’s Salumeria may not be the shiny new kid on the block but it’s definitely worth your time visiting. It has a really relaxed vibe and the food is delicious; it’s not the cheapest but you’re really paying for quality produce.

Salvo’s Salumeria also do Regional & Tasting Dinners is the evenings for very reasonable prices so do check out their calendar of events.

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