Today, after 18 months at York Consulting, I got promoted. Hurray! To mark the occasion, and finishing working until May (we’re off to Prgaue, Vienna and Budapest to mark our five year anniversary next week), we went to one of our favourite little places – Zucco in Meanwood.
Zucco is very popular, and very small. The tables are fairly packed in, but it doesn’t spoil the vibe. The wine is always excellent; we tend to go for whatever’s on the specials list when we visit. We had a beautiful red wine a couple of months ago when we went in – Zaccagnini: Montepulciano Vino Novello ‘Ikebana’ 2016. Fabulous.
The food matches the standard of the wine. Small plates with Italian influence leave the kitchen as they are cooked, taking you on a devine food journey. Matt and I have a number of ‘go-to’ dishes:
- The baccala (salt cod) ravioli, sage and white wine;
- The tagliatelle al burro with mushrooms and white truffle oil; and
- The deep fried zucchini and mint.
These dishes are consistently excellent. The flavour, the pasta, the batter on the zucchini, the seasoning. You can’t help but smile as you finish the plate.
We also tried a new dish, taglioline al nero di seppia with local wild garlic and tiger prawns, which was delicious. The wild garlic added a beautiful and fragrant dimension to the dish; the prawns were really fresh and meaty.
However, Zucco isn’t without fault. We always seem to find ourselves underwhelmed by the meat dishes. We ordered confit duck leg, and also a lamb dish; both were tasty, but they weren’t wow dishes, they didn’t have that special spark that those mentioned above do. The duck was actually on the dry side. I really feel this is an area that Zucco could reflect on, but it would never stop us visiting – we enjoy the other dishes too much and live in hope with the meat dishes!
I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to Zucco, but booking is a must. Their menu changes regularly, and the quality is really good.