RECOMMENDATION | Places To Eat In Harrogate – Stuzzi
Places to Eat in Harrogate: Why I love Stuzzi
Authentic, delicious and independent, Stuzzi offers Italian cuisine in a relaxed, friendly environment. This small eatery in the heart of Harrogate has an almost tangible passion for incredible ingredients and amazing Italian recipes. It is a favourite with locals and busy every night, so book your table in advance to avoid disappointment. I also love that the menu is a Record of Achievement book right out of 1995!
Worth paying a babysitter?
An understated little gem of a restaurant with less flash but more flavour than virtually any other restaurant in Harrogate.
Value for money: for me it’s a 10/10
Setting the scene:
There is a part of me that doesn’t want to share how wonderful this little restaurant is, as it’s hard enough to get a table as it is. But, as one of Harrogate’s best independents, it deserves my attention…
It is situated on Kings Road, Harrogate, directly across from the conference centre and within easy walking distance of the town centre and station.
Stuzzi looks intriguing from the outside. A black, awning covers the terrace area at the front of the restaurant, which itself is a colourful and eclectic mix of plastic covered picnic tables and tall tables and bar stools for guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, or where when the main restaurant is full, some guests are seated.
Enter into the main restaurant and everything feels rustic Italian. Wooden floors, wooden tables, a beautiful floor to ceiling wine wall and the kitchen – proudly on show with loud, noisy, passionate cooking happening right in front of you.
Stuzzi is the perfect place for an intimate meal for two as well as for a loud and raucous catch up with friends. I have done both over the past few years and cannot recommend this place highly enough. The staff is attentive and helpful – explaining the menu where required and suggesting dishes that complement each other.
The menu here changes every day. Stuzzi (stut-zee) is short for Stuzzichini – which are little plates of Italian cuisine served throughout bars and Osterias throughout Italy. “An Italian version of Tapas” is how Scott, our attentive waiter described it.
The lunch menu offers a large selection of Stuzzichini alongside two different pasta dishes, the dishes of the day and Panino – amazing sounding toppings served on Stuzzi’s own soft pane (bread). It is truly a mix of gastronomic treats and delights all accompanied and complemented by carefully selected imported drinks, meats and cheeses.
We ordered the Gusto Grande – a stuzzichini sharing board for 2 that gave us a selection of several dishes. All were mouth-wateringly delicious and probably used up our calorie count for the week.
Ooooh, but it was worth it!
Where’s your favourite place to eat in Harrogate?
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