TAKEAWAY TEST: Deli Quattro, Snig Hill, Sheffield

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Nestled between the law courts and South Yorkshire Police HQ, this little cafe and takeaway is a Continental oasis amidst the towering bastions of British law and order.

Step inside for minimalist Milan-chic, with its cool, egg-shaped chairs and vibrant orange table tops.

There are Italian flavours on the menu - paninis, a pasta dish of the day and coffees, from astonishingly cheap espressos at £1 a cup to hearty Americanos at £1.25.

But fear not, Anglophiles, there’s a fair bit of hearty, home-made Yorkshire fodder on there, too.

As it was breakfast-time in the office, we went for the most rib-sticking butties from both home and abroad. Bacon sarnies and their sausage-stuffed equivalents at £1.70 a-piece were just as they should be - simple, tasty, non-greasy and very more-ish, with well-cooked fillings and lovely, fresh and fluffy bread-cakes (it’s the quality of the bread that makes or breaks a sandwich).

We also managed to get our mouths around a B.E.S.T - a huge and succulent breakfast combo at £2.50.

It was bulging with sausage and bacon and sopping with tomato and egg yolk.

It was so good, we ignored the fact that it’s quite possibly a heart attack in a bun. Anyway, a little of what you fancy and all that.

A home-made mushroom soup - £2.05 for a big cupful and a chunk of French bread - was pronounced delicious by an office veggie, while his comrade declared the toasted brie and cranberry panini a lovely combination - and not too sweet.

Stars of the show though, were the B.E.S.T - and something called the Forrestier Panini - a yummy combination of chicken, cheese and a smoky, sticky barbecue sauce.

Lovely jubbly - although what it’s got to do with forests, I don’t know.

Takeaway Facts

Deli Quattro, Snig Hill, Sheffield

Telephone 0114 2768254

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-3pm

Parking: None on the main road outside, but there’s meter parking on the road around the back

Service: Staff with a sense of humour - and bucket-loads of patience while you’re taking your time over the menu. Speedy cooking, too - the wait for our huge order was about five minutes.

Range of menu: Short but sweet - hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, home-made soups and a pasta dish on the daily specials blackboard, hot and cold drinks and slices of home-made cake

What did it cost: £16.35 for an Americano, a soup, two paninis and four hot sandwiches.

Verdict: Great - we’ll go back. Tasty, good quality food at a reasonable price served up by nice people.