Out-of-the-way Italian joint that specialises in small plates. The braised beef is a standout, but book ahead if you want to sample it – Zucco is always busy.
A suburban restaurant that rivals its city centre counterparts, Zucco specialises in Italian small plates, making it an ideal place for sharing (or not, if you’re feeling greedy). The menu is packed with favourites, but also keeps diners on their toes with regular changes depending on what produce is available or in season.
It’s a small open-plan space that’s clever with the layout, and features glossy white tiled walls, checkered tile flooring and additional seats at the bar that are perfect for solo dining.
The menu is broken down into boccone (mouthfuls), such as olives or white anchovy crostini, pizzette and pan, and cold meats, fish, pasta and vegetables (all starting from £2.75). It’s standard practice to order a selection of dishes – the golden arancini, light, crispy zucchini and fritto misto are good choices – and share a bit of everything with the whole table. Pasta lovers won’t want to pass up on the braised beef with pappardelle, though – it’s to die for.
It's the type of place that works for any occasion: a leisurely lunch, relaxed dinner or late night supper with great wine and equally fantastic cocktails. Topped with good service, it's a popular place for locals and the not-so local, so be sure to book.
603 Meanwood Road
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 6-10pm; Fri 6-10.30pm; Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-8.30pm|