Zucco: Delicious Italian Food in Meanwood (Leeds)

If you haven’t already been to Zucco in Meanwood (Leeds) for their Italian food, you need to rectify that. I’ll try and help you see the error of your ways with this blog post. It’s one of my favourite restaurants in Leeds you see at the moment.

Zucco specialise in freshly prepared Italian small plates and they do it very well.

For starters, the prosecco is £3.15 a glass…whaaaaaaat?! That’s far cheaper than anywhere else. I must say though it can give a bit of a nasty headache …even on only two glasses (I’m a bit sensitive to some wines and theirs doesn’t seem to agree with me).  They also have some gorgeous Italian ciders too, which keeps the husband happy.

I’ve been meaning to blog about Zucco for a while, but as usual life often gets in the way of my blogging schedule. I took a few pics last time we went (with my mother-in-law), so here I am finally with a few notes…

Zucco, Meanwood Leeds

We had the mixed meat antipasta to start:

Leeds Food Blogger

Food Blogger Leeds

And this, folks, is pretty much the reason why I love Zucco…their Tagliatelle al burro with mushrooms and white truffle oil. Friends of mine will know I bloody hate mushrooms, but I actually eat a few of them on this dish. It’s all about the truffle oil. Yum.

Tagliatelle al burro with mushrooms and white truffle oil

Another of their famous dishes is the deep fried zucchini with mint.

Deep Fried Zucchini & Mint

Their smoked haddock and scallops, to be honest, I can take or leave. The smokiness of the haddock overpowers the scallops for me and leaves me a bit disappointed.

Smoked Haddock and scallops

I don’t usually get a look in at the king prawns, they’re my husband’s favourite.

King Prawns

…but it’s OK, because whilst he’s attacking the king prawns, I’m usually devouring the braised beef pappardelle with grana padano.

Braised beef pappardelle with grana padano

The chicken diavola with garlic potatoes is a nice dish, not my favourite…but still good.

Chicken Diavola with garlic potatoes

Zucco recommend getting around 3 dishes per person. This will usually fill you up (and you can order more if you feel like it)…but if you’re still in the mood for something sweet, their lemon tart is lovely.

Lemon Tart

…but my favourite dessert from Zucco is probably the Sgroppino al limone. Lemon-y prosecco-y deliciousness.

Sgroppino al limone

Zucco is just across the road from Waitrose in Meanwood, I’d recommend booking because it can get quite busy.

If you’d like to read a bit more about Zucco, check out Whip Until Fluffy, she names the restaurant in her 2014 food highlights. Enjoy!



  1. January 18, 2015 / 10:28 am

    This all looks delicious! 🙂

  2. March 3, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Oooh these pictures look amazing! I live so close to Zucco’s and have passed it so many times, but I have just never been in!

    After reading this, I will have to check it out! It looks so amazing. I hope it has some good veggie options!

    Thanks for a fab post!


    Love Lucy x

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