#23 Live Life More Italian - with a visit to the new city centre LIVINItaly Dough House
LIVINItaly has long been seen as Leeds go to authentic independent Italian for those craving the best in pizza dough and that easy laid back Mediterranean atmosphere we all crave. In fact, LIVINItaly on Granary Wharf is almost its own little Italy with a sun trap which on the right day could have you believe you were in down town Rome or the Venice canals. Ok – I maybe getting ahead of myself rethinking Leeds has somehow transformed into our continental cousin but one thing is for certain - LIVINItaly does things really well – from their fresh food to brown bottled imported ales – it is hard not to be impressed with their stamp of authentic Italy firmly on Yorkshire. As if this slice of heaven on Granary Wharf wasn’t enough, the family behind LIVINItaly have opened up Leeds city centre Dough House. Located on Cloth Hall Street near to the corn exchange, Dough House is ultra chic, super trendy and typically Italian.
Their menu arrives as newspaper taking you through headline reads covering good Italian eats of pizza, calzoni, antipasti, nibbles and sides. Dough House have continued providing good food as well as a drink menu to match. Take the La Zia Ale – this impressive bottle of craft ale takes in flavours from the Roman landscape incorporating a subtle taste of artichoke and rosemary with every sip. Try this paired with the tradizionale pizza made with a mix of unrefined and organic flour and you will simply be in Italiano heaven. In fact, the pizza is crust of epic proportions – life is better for sharing and Dough House reminded us of this as they brought out their 20” tomato based sharing masterpiece. Like their menu headline boldly claims, this is living more Italian – this is in fact a way of life and something we found ourselves quickly getting used to.
Stumble across their cocktail menu and you will quickly be transported to southern Italy. On this occasion, our host Alessandro invited us to try the Amaro aperitif with freshly squeezed pomegranate. And whilst we are talking freshly squeezed deliciousness – the lemonade served at Dough House is nothing short of a taste direct from the streets of Palermo.
Healthier dough and gluten free are all given a nod whilst their alternative menu serves up more than just pizza. For example, we could simply not recommend enough their take on Street Food Italiano – pay particular attention to the incredible sliders of slow cooked short rib beef with melted Fontina cheese and roast potato. On top of this and if you can find the space for dessert, then I would truly make sure you look over their gelato – which includes a range of flavours including a lemon sorbet which finished our food off brilliantly.
Independent food is an excellent choice in Leeds. Dough House follows in line with this making it nothing short of outstanding. The service, food and drink are given so much attention that a visit to Dough House is more than just a meal out but an experience in authentic Italian. At the heart of this is family who are just as passionate about making food as they are serving it.
Bellissimo! Grazie. Visited, tasted and enjoyed - Paul @fatfoodclub