FANCY a tasty treat to warm you up on a chilly day?
My tastebuds felt more than a little hotter after sitting down to enjoy an Italian takeaway from Mamas and Leonies restaurant.
It was subtle to begin with... but then a delicious spicy taste took over after taking my first bite of the eaterie’s ‘World Famous’ garlic bread.
I had opted for the ‘piccante’ (Italian for hot) option and was not disappointed.
But the fiery flavour was not overpowering and you could also taste the plentiful garlic butter.
I balanced the rather warming starter with a milder Pizza Mamaria – oregano, Italian sausage, black olives, onions and mozarella cheese.
It ticked all the right boxes – thin and crispy, plentiful topping and loads of cheese.
The restaurant has a huge range of 19 pizzas, something to suit all tastes, plus pasta and side orders. At lunchtime, there’s a range of filled ciabatta breads and jacket potatoes. too.
The only problem I had was making my mind up what to have – there was no fuss or delay when I popped in to order. I arranged to call back 15 minutes later and my meal was ready and waiting, piping hot.
Mamas and Leonies has been around a long time and has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its food. It’s convenient if you are in the city centre and want a real Italian pizza to go. Or even if you are just after something sweet on a warmer day, with cones of gelati available for a very reasonable £1.
Venue: Mamas and Leonies, Norfolk Street
Parking: City centre on street or multi-storey
Menu: Traditional Italian fare
Waiting time: 10-15 minutes
What we had: Piccante garlic bread, £4.10; Pizza Mamaria, £8.95; ice cream £1
How did it taste? Excellent
Verdict: Good food, ready on time. Only quibble is that the same price is charged for takeaways as eating in