A secret little Italian near Ilkley
We live in an era of feast or famine; however, there is no famine when it comes to restaurants. In my opinion there are too many. What there is not enough of, though, are restaurants about which you can say, “OMG, that’s a real find”.
Allow me to explain; Pranzo is a cross between a cool café and a boutique restaurant. It is run by Marco, whom I suppose is best described as an exuberant English-Italian. He runs Pranzo in a typically Italian way; everything is efficient with typical Italian flare. The staff is all lovely, smiling and eager to please without being in your face.
The daytime clientele is eclectic, from ladies that lunch, to business people popping in for a coffee to reviewers like me. But the best bit is the atmosphere; it’s one of those cosy places with a light, cool, yet welcoming vibe – once sitting down you think, OK, red wine it is, then two hours later you’re tipsy and getting a taxi home … As I said at the start, it’s a great little Italian find, that I kind of want to keep a secret, but can’t.
I rocked up on a Wednesday lunchtime about 1.30, with a client. We sat down and had a coffee whilst we chatted. Then decided to stay and have lunch – it kind of grabs you and sucks you in to stay, as it is so inviting. We ordered garlic bread to share, then I ordered a Parma ham and mascarpone pizza; my client ordered ragu. Everything is made fresh in the kitchen on that day, and it showed. The food was first class and very authentic. It felt more Sicilian to me – in other words, a bit more rustic, which just added to the experience, to be honest. The pasta was outstanding and al dente (which is rare in restaurants). Actually, everything was cooked to perfection and fresh; let’s face it – it does not get any better.
For pudding we had a cheesecake – stop the show! Amazing, with a capital A. If nothing else, go in for this alone.
Bear in mind I was just popping in for a coffee and a business meeting, now leaving two hours later, full up and quite content. To boot, the total cost was £35 – not bad at all. Oh, and it also opens on a Friday and Saturday evening until 9 pm. Go on, you know you want to!
139 Bolling Road, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, LS29 8PN
T:01943 600 084