TAKEAWAY TEST: Mama’s and Leonies, Norfolk Street, tel. 0114 2720490

Mama's and Leonie's
Mama's and Leonie's
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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.

Takeaway facts

Venue: Mamas and Leonies, Norfolk Street

Phone: 2720490

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