'Tis the season for comfort food. And when the newest opening in Leeds does comfort food as fresh as what you're about to read about, it needs to be shouted about.
The Leeds favourites of Laynes coffee bar and The Brunswick pub have teamed up to bring the city the best in fresh pasta and small Italian plates. While their newest venture was being transformed, they whet the appetite of Leeds foodies through several sold out pop-ups at Laynes, exciting my taste buds enough to be very excited for the venue doors to open.
The pop-up ran over a few weekend dinner services, serving up one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had and my first in vegetarian tartar.
Sarto has now arrived, serving up the best pasta in Leeds. Undeniably fresh, with a small but perfected menu of some unique flavours for your next Italian. The mains are largely vegetarian, the starters are made up of small plates that are perfect to share and for dessert, the one Italian classic, tiramisu.
The restaurant itself is housed around a small open kitchen in the centre, lined with pickling vegetables and olives ready to be served.
Large communal tables line the windows, with smaller options along the back wall, all enjoying the floor to ceiling windows that make watching the world go by an infinite view.
Onto the menu, let's start with the classics. Fresh sourdough with oil and balsamic vinegar and burrata with the freshest salsa verde I've ever had. The two dishes make the perfect pairing, but from friends that have visited, I was apparently a fool to miss the pumpkin arancini.
For mains; kale and almond pesto fettuccine with cauliflower and crunchy pangrattato bread crumbs and beef ragu on fettuccine. Both dishes were so rich in flavour without becoming sickly and I'm going to throw fresh out there again because that's the accurate descriptor of everything coming out of the kitchen.
The most expensive dish on the menu is the beef ragu at £9.50, delivering greatness at a great price.
You'll find Sarto opposite the bus station, despite the openness of the restaurant, the glowing, low lighting inside makes it cosy and somehow eye catching from passers by.
The menu is set to change every so often, but from what I've had and the excited discussions I've had with friends who have been, I don't expect there to be any disappointment with the new dishes.