So, despite needing to lose 3 inches before ordering my wedding dress, the last week has seen quite a few meals out. Oops, but nyom…
Last weekend was a continuation of a quest to find the perfect pizzeria in Sheffield. It used to be San Lorenzo on Sharrowvale Road - awesome food and great atmosphere. Sadly it closed about a year ago. Since then, we’ve been looking but not yet found a new ‘local’.
So, we found ourselves in Mamas and Leonies. I’d heard that it was one of few places to have cheddar on pizzas, and that the lasagne was nice but very filling, so more of a winter place.
The service was great - very friendly, attentive and competent. The decor was a little dark, but interesting, with lots of pictures and things to look at. It was the food that really confused me.
The garlic bread was a pizza dough (normal) dripping in butter with some garlic. Theatrekat’s don’t really like butter on sandwiches, but normal garlic butter is fine. This was just overpoweringly buttery.
The ribs were definitely overdone, and didn’t taste as ribs normally do. The meat seemed decent quality, but the sauce seemed more like bovril than what I would’ve expected. Not unpleasant again, but just not to my taste or expectations.
I’d played it safe with my main course - pasta with tomato sauce. It’s not difficult, and always looks the same. Except here - this was a sort of bolognese brown sauce dumped on top of the spaghetti. You couldn’t discern any tomatoes - but lots of minced onion. And no idea what the rest of it was. Again, not inedible, but weird, and not particularly appetising.
But the staff were really lovely, so rather than complain, I tried to disguise the fact that I’d hardly eaten anything and said it was lovely and then scarpered quickly over the road to Piccolino’s for dessert.
If you’ve never tried it, cocktails and dessert outside Piccolino’s, overlooking the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens and Town Hall is definitely one of my Sheffield Recommendations. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and everything on the menu’s delicious. Perfect end to an evening!
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