Wine & Dine Yorkshire was invited to the new Il Paradiso in Leeds to check out the menu and all it had to offer.
Becki Liddle and her partner Ben headed to the restaurant situated on York Place in Leeds City Centre.
Becki told Wine & Dine Yorkshire: “On arrival, the entrance was very light and airy and the walls were all painted white which opened up the space well. The Italian music playing set a relaxed atmosphere and the tables were laid out perfectly. We couldn’t wait to sit down and tuck into some food and we could smell the beautiful dishes being cooked.
“We were taken to our table and served by the lovely Monica who was amazing and made us feel at home and very special. She treated us like royalty and could not do enough for us which really added to the overall experience of dining at Il Paradiso. Monica told us stories of Italy, recommended our wine and helped us get to grip with the menus.
“Monica and the chef, who is also her husband, arranged an antipasti of freshly sliced cured meats, pecorino cheese, pickled olives and bread. This was a lovely surprise and it all tasted fantastic, the perfect start to line our stomachs for what was ahead.
“For starters we opted for the muscles and clams in a rich tomato and chilli sauce and a cold seafood platter. It was all cooked to perfection and tasted absolutely amazing. The starters were the perfect size and we couldn’t wait for the mains!
“My partner went for the the Pappardelle Filetto Steak and truffle cooked in cream sauce topped with nuts. He said this was the best pasta dish he had ever eaten, the nuts really brought out the taste of the truffle. I think we will definitely be returning so he can have this dish again.
“I went for the Linguine Aracrosia, half a lobster with pasta cooked in tomato and chilli sauce. Again, this was an amazing dish with the lobster cooked to perfection. The chilli gave it just the right kick to the dish but not so much that it was overpowering that it was all you could taste. I must say, this was one of the most delicious main courses I have ever eaten.
“Inevitivably enough we were feeling very full by this point, and were still getting over how brilliant our main courses were, but we couldn’t resist ordering a dessert each as they just looked too tempting!
“Without sounding like a broken record, the homemade tiramisu was the best I have ever tasted. This is my favourite dessert and I have sampled many but this topped them all. It was that good I had asked Monica what ingredients were used but I was told it was a secret recipe. Therefore, you will just have to visit Il Paradiso for yourself to find out what I am talking about – but believe me, I wish I knew that secret!
“My partner delved into the Ricottella Cake – a ricotta and Nutella cheesecake drizzled with chelate sauce and sprinkled with cocoa powder. A dessert that would definitely go down a treat for those with a sweet tooth! The taste of Nutella was perfect and wasn’t too strong – the perfect Italian treat to end our visit.
“Overall we could not be more impressed with our visit to Ill Paradiso in Leeds. We will definitely be checking out the York branch to see what great food is on offer there.”
For more information on Il Paradiso, please visit www.ilparadisodelciboyork.com