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I was lucky enough to be invited to the bloggers opening night at the Ecco Pizzeria in Roundhay, Leeds a few days ahead of their opening to the public on Tuesday. Ecco Pizzeria already has a restaurant in the Headingley area of Leeds but I hadn’t visited it before. They specialise in authentic Neopolitan pizzas made with fresh ingredients which they source from either local farmers or directly from Italy.
The restaurant looks lovely, there’s lots of wood features which gives it a really rustic feel and the kitchen is open plan onto the dining room so you can watch the chefs work and see the huge wood burning stove in action.
The menu at Ecco Pizzeria is huge and really unique, there’s a pizza for every taste there, as well as starters, pastas and their freshly made gelato. They also have a large selection of Italian soft drinks, fresh juices, smoothies and mocktails.
We started with the dough balls. These are freshly made garlic dough balls with a garlic and herb dip. There’s 5 in a serving so this was plenty to share for me and my friend. They were delicious! Though they were VERY garlicky so I wouldn’t eat them if I was going out afterwards or had a date etc.
Next up was pizzas, the pizzas can be ordered as a regular 12″ or one of their speciality sized 1/2 metre which is served on a huge sharing board and each half has a different topping. After much deliberating we ordered the 1/2 metre and got a Bianka and Marrekesh. Bianka has provola cheese, rosemary and thyme roasted potatoes and fresh rocket leaves. Marrakesh has Morrocan spiced lamb, caramelised red onion, olives, peppers, aubergines, feta cheese and pomegranate seeds with parsley and mint.
The base of the pizzas tasted amazing after being in the wood fired stove. Bianka, although unusual with roasted potatoes was delicious. Marrakesh was also delicious, the lamb and feta cheese were lovely but the pomegranate seeds were just a bit too strange for my taste on a pizza!
Lastly, the star of the show was the gelato. This is all freshly made in house each day and there is a huge selection of flavours of gelato and sorbet. We chose double chocolate, ferrero rocher (which were served in the same pot) sea salt caramel and raspberry sorbet. All four were amazing, full of flavour and really creamy.
If you are in the Leeds area I would absolutely recommend Ecco Pizzeria for a meal, the food is great, the restaurant is lovely and all the staff were all really friendly.
You can see their menu and read more about them on their menu here.