The owners of one of Harrogate’s leading independent restaurants have notched up yet more success after being included in a prestigious eating out guide for the eighth year running.
Family-run Italian restaurant Sasso, which has been open in Harrogate for the past 16 years, is one of just three restaurants in the spa town to be featured in the 2015 Good Food Guide.
The Princes Square eaterie, renowned for its authentic and innovative Italian cooking, is named after chef/joint owner Stefano Lancellotti’s home town in northern Italy, an hour’s drive from Florence.
Six years ago Stefano, and his wife Sara, opened neighbouring Caffe Marconi, a café by day and pizzeria by night, to compliment their existing Sasso restaurant.
The couple are delighted at being included in the Good Food Guide.
Stefano, who worked in the restaurant industry in Italy before opening Sasso in Harrogate in 1998, said:
“I consider the Good Food Guide to be the best of its kind in the UK so it is fantastic to be included yet again – our eighth year in succession.
“It makes all the effort and sacrifices made by myself and my hard working team at Sasso worthwhile.
“For us to be listed, eight years in a row, is testament to the fact that we are producing high-quality, traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist to a consistently high standard, and that makes me very proud.”
Published this month, the latest guide, produced by Waitrose, is the UK’s longest running, best selling restaurant guides, and includes independent reviews of the best dining establishments throughout the UK.
Independent inspectors in the 2015 Good Food Guide compliment Sasso on its ‘distinctive regional Italian cooking’.
The guide said:
“Stefano Lancellotti’s contemporary trattoria/enoteca never puffs itself up.
“Instead the kitchen proves its worth with some highly distinctive Italian regional cooking – particularly in the pasta department.”
Many of Stefano’s signature dishes are singled out for special mention, including tagliollini with sweet chorizo, prawns, roasted peppers and saffron while Sasso’s special lobster and courgette ravioli with tarragon and lobster bisque “is always worth a go”.