I first knew of Salvo’s after watching Ramsey’s Best Restaurant last year when I still lived in Portsmouth. I really wanted to go there and when I had my first job interview up in Leeds, Chris took me for lunch in the Salumeria. I got overly excited when Gip, who’d been on the programme, stood about a foot away from me and I was mouthing to Chris “OMG he’s been on the telly”. Yes, I am that sad.
I was invited to go to lunch in the restaurant and of course, I was dying to try it! I sat and had lunch with Rachel, the PR lady for Salvo’s and she told me loads of interesting things about the restaurant. For instance, the majority of meat and vegetables are locally sourced e.g. from Swillington Organic Farm. Some of the more special items, like the buffalo mozzarella are brought in from Italy each week, piggybacking on a delivery already bound for Leeds.
The Salumeria is an absolute beauty to behold too – Chris works a stone’s throw away and often returns from work with a story about some cheese or cured meat he’s procured earlier in the day. Funny none of it ever makes it home….
Now to my food! I ordered the porchetta (belly pork) which comes with polenta mash. The pork was cooked beautifully had a smoky taste that really enhanced the flavour of the meat, but didn’t overpower it. The polenta mash was delicately flavoured with herbs (though I couldn’t tell you what, but it tasted good!). We were brought some home-baked ciabatta with olive oil that looked like liquid gold. I came away feeling nicely full after my lunch and wanting to stay longer and chat about good food.
Salvo’s deserves each and every award they’ve won – in fact they’ve received five this year alone, including the AA rosette. The feedback I’ve had from friends and foodies has always been extremely positive and I can’t wait to go back and eat there in the evening.
Want to find out more about Salvo’s? View Salvo’s website here.