The Yummy Guide: 8 Italian Restaurants In Leeds You Need To Visit!

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There’s nothing like a bit of Italian food, and luckily for you, there are loads of Italian restaurants in Leeds to give you your carby fix.

Whether it’s a big juicy pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta, or something different, Leeds has it all!

The best part? Your luxury student accommodation in Leeds is close to all the action, so you can treat yourself and be back home in no time.

So, grab your new friends, get your best outfit on, and get ready to enjoy some delicious food inside!

With that being said, let’s take a look at the top 8 Italian restaurants in Leeds you need to visit with your mates.

1. Da Vito Ristorante

3 York Pl, Leeds LS1 2DRDa Vito Ristorante 









Just a short 15-minute walk from Symons House is Da Vito Ristorante, where all the locals go to dine, drink and socialize!

Enjoy fresh flavours and bold ingredients from their menu bursting with fresh and hearty dishes to enjoy.

Whether it’s a spot of seafood or one of the chef’s specials, whatever dish you choose, you’re bound to be satisfied.

For some nibbles whilst you’re waiting, why not try some focaccia with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil?

We’d recommend the Risotto MareMonti, with arborio rice infused with wild mushrooms and an assortment of fish, shellfish, white wine and a dash of cream.

Surely that’s enough to make your stomach rumble!

2. Zucco

603 Meanwood Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4AY


In the mood for a bit of tapas? Zucco is one of the Italian restaurants in Leeds that offers just that!

Tapas is fab because you can try a whole bunch of different things and wash your meal down with a nice glass of vino.

The portions at Zucco are nice and hearty, with various pasta, seafood, meat, and pizza dishes to enjoy.

Pssst…they also have some absolutely delicious gelato if you have a sweet tooth – be sure to give it a try!

Highlights on the menu for main meals include pan-fried seabass, ox cheek, pea & grana padano risotto, and freshly made pizzettes.

3. Viva

9-11 Bridge End, Leeds LS1 7HG

Viva Italian Restaurants Leeds

Viva is an Italian restaurant in Leeds that offers super cosy vibes, and delicious food to match!

They offer a variety of hot and cold starters, pasta dishes, yummy main courses, and a great selection of pizzas.

The restaurant is a 12-minute walk from your luxury student accommodation and is a 10-minute walk from the bus/train station!

Their hot starter of garlic mushrooms is scrumptious, and if you fancy something a little different, their parigino is yum.

Not sure what parigino is? It’s basically deep-fried brie cheese, seasonal leaves, compote of woodland berries, and seasonal fruit.

Keep a lookout for the specials of the day, and tuck into their freshly baked pasta (their lasagne is the best.)

4. Livin’ Italy

Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR

Livin' Italy 

This family business started in Milan in the ‘80s, and they’ve been thriving ever since!

Their food is cooked in the Italian way, simple, yet effective and absolutely brimming with flavour.

Just a short 8-minute taxi ride from your student accommodation, Livin’ Italy is definitely worth a visit with your friends.

Whether you’ve had a long day at uni and you want to treat yourself, or it’s a special occasion with your friends – it’s the place to be!

You can opt for click and collect or delivery if you fancy a cosy night in your luxury accommodation ( we can’t blame you.)

For mains, their vegan burger with a Sicilian chickpea panella patty is amazing, and if you’re feeling decadent, try the grand mix seafood platter!

5. Trattoria II Forno

 85 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5BP

Trattoria II Forno

Everyone loves a bit of pizza – right?

Trattoria II Forno is one of the Italian restaurants in Leeds that are known for their amazing wood-fired pizzas.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxing, calm and cosy and there’s always service with a smile here!

You don’t have to worry about dressing up or being formal here, their vibe is chill, and their food is moreish.

Start your evening off with some buffalo mozzarella with parma ham, parmesan shavings, toasted bread and extra virgin olive oil.

Ready for more? How about a creamy salmon linguine, or a vegetarian fig and goats cheese pizza?

We’d highly recommend trying their calzone too, because what’s better than a folded pizza? Extra carbs please!

6.  Poco Sicilian Street Food

360 Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds LS4 2HQ

Poco Sicilian Street Food

This place is perfect for a bit of street food in Leeds, ideal if you want to grab a quick bite in between lectures!

Usually open 11am – 9pm and 10pm on Friday’s and Sunday’s, you’ve got plenty of time to visit and try some Sicilian street food.

Their vanilla cannoli is utterly scrumptious, and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, of course, you need to try the oven-baked Nutella brioche!

They have an amazing selection of specials too, just the other day they had cheesy focaccia bread with roast pork, tomato sauce and fresh salad.


97 Stainbeck Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2PR

CULTO Italian Restaurants Leeds

This authentic Italian restaurant in Leeds is known for its delicious Italian food, their main aim is to show people how yummy Italian cuisine is.

They have a fabulous selection of starters including homemade tomato soup with garlic and cream, and homemade BBQ ribs.

You need to try their famous pizza with spicy Italian salami, Nduja sausage, fresh chilli and ham – great for those who like a bit of spice.

For dessert, why not finish off the meal with some classic Tiramisu, go on, treat yourself!

8. San Carlo

 60 Street Ln, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2DQ

San Carlo Italian Restaurants Leeds

This one’s for the pizza lovers, you’re going to love it here!

San Carlo Leeds is one of the city’s star attractions, offering classic Italian dishes with a modern aesthetic.

Whether you got there for lunch or dinner, they’ve got plenty of meals to choose from to suit all tastes.

If you’re feeling #extra, why not try their pizza tartufo with caciocavallo cheese, porcini mushrooms and black truffle.

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourselves down to San Carlo, an Italian restaurant in Leeds with the best pizza!

We hope you found our yummy guide of Italian restaurants in Leeds useful! When staying in our luxury student accommodation, you’re never too far away from a delicious place to eat. Are you wondering how to make the most of your time at university? Check out our latest blog here for some tips.