'Good Food Guide' successs for independent Harrogate restaurant

Sasso chef/owner Stefano Lancellotti.
Sasso chef/owner Stefano Lancellotti.

One of North Yorkshire’s most popular and leading independent Italian restaurants has been included in the UK’s top food guide for the 10th year running.

Family-owned and run Sasso in Princes Square, Harrogate, is celebrating a decade of featuring in the pages of The Good Food Guide, the definitive handbook to the very best restaurants and eateries across Britain.

For Sasso chef/owner Stefano Lancellotti, inclusion in the 2017 guide comes at a time when independent restaurants in Harrogate are facing a barrage of competition from multi-national chains.

Stefano, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Sara, and father-in-law Brian Ferguson, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be included in The Good Food Guide for the 10th year in succession. It is a real honour for us.

“We are passionate about the food that we produce here at Sasso – we use only the best ingredients from both my home in Italy, and here in Yorkshire, and work hard to ensure that everything that comes out of our kitchen is of the highest quality possible.

“At a time when we are facing more and more competition from new restaurant chains, which appear almost weekly in Harrogate, we are delighted that the excellence of our food is recognised.”

Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor described the restaurant as having “a special-occasion vibe, which is matched by genuinely charming and professional service.”

Ms Carter, who is celebrating 10 years at the helm of The Good Food Guide, praises Sasso’s home-made pasta – and gives special mention to the restaurant’s Parma ham and mortadella tortellini enriched with Parmesan and truffle fondue sauce, along with Sasso’ duck liver paté with orange creme caramel topping.

Sasso opened in Harrogate 18 years ago, and was joined a number of years later by sister coffee shop/pizzeria Caffé Marconi, also in Princes Square.

It was named after Stefano Lancellotti’s home town, Sasso Marconi which is a small town just outside Bologna in the Emilia Romagna Region of Italy.

Emilia Romagna has a rich culinary tradition and is considered by many Italians to be the heart of Italian cooking; Bologna is famous for its fresh egg pasta, Tortellini and tagliatelle.

The long-established restaurant hosts regular regional evenings with diners enjoying meals from the different regions of Italy, and once a month, well-known Yorkshire swing singer Richard Daniels, a regular on ITV’s long-running soap Emmerdale, entertains while guests enjoy a two-or-three course Italian meal.

Over the years Sasso has won several awards in the Times and the Yorkshire Post.

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