Restaurant reviews

Restaurants in Harrogate: Sasso delivers on style and substance with classy Italian fare

Last weekend, my grandparents came up to visit and kindly offered to take us out for lunch in Harrogate.

With so many restaurants of such high quality dotted around Harrogate, it was a little tricky deciding where to go, but we eventually settled on Sasso, a classy Italian located in Princes Square in the middle of town.

After arriving, we perused the menu, which is full of amazing, tempting Italian fare, making it pretty hard to make menu decisions! All four of us went for the bruschetta option to start with. Unusually, the bruschetta came unassembled, meaning that we could choose how much olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh tomatoes, olives, and gorgeous baked garlic to spread on our chunks of bread. I really liked this DIY approach as it meant we all had full control over the different levels of flavour and texture on offer.

Sasso in Harrogate

The portion size between the four of us was just right too; we were left with plenty of room for our main courses, which was just as well because we were in for some tasty treats!

I had opted for a starter size portion (mindful of the ever-increasing amount of space being taken up by our little one and the resultant squeeze on my internal organs!) of the “Cannelloni con ragu di agnello, mozzarella di bufala, pomodoro e pesto di menta” (cannelloni filled with slow roast lamb ragu and mozzarella, served with tomato and pecorino cheese topped with a mint pesto). The dish was gorgeous. The silky fresh pasta and the freshness of the tomato sauce complemented the rich flavour of the lamb beautifully. I was impressed and quietly happy that I’d opted for the smaller portion as I had ambitions of pudding on my mind!

Sasso in Harrogate

Kyle went for the burger. It came assembled rather precariously and I think he felt a little self-conscious eating it, but in my opinion that’s always the sign of an excellent burger experience! The meat was cooked to perfection and he raved about the thickly cut chips, served with devilishly hot English mustard.

Sasso in Harrogate

My grandparents both chose the tortellini dish with courgette, cream, and ham. Looking at their dishes when they arrived, I have to admit to some slight food envy. The sauce looked naughty and delicious, and the little pasta parcels stuffed with tasty ingredients. They both really enjoyed the dish and finished every last mouthful.

To round off our meal, we all decided not to bother trying to resist pudding! I opted for the semifreddo con noci, a homemade ice cream dessert that blends the flavours of white chocolate, toffee and nut in a melty, oozy, sticky slice of heaven!

Sasso in Harrogate

My Grandad ordered the same, whilst Kyle opted for (a huge!) slice of lemon tart which he said struck exactly the right balance between sharp and sweet, and my Grandma swiftly polished off a generous helping of tiramisu.

Sasso in Harrogate

Sasso’s isn’t a cheap dining option in Harrogate, but it represents excellent value for the quality of the ingredients on offer. The service is also consistently good, and the little added extras like the warm bread and butter make a difference as well. There are also really good value set lunch menus available for those who want to experience the taste of Sasso without necessarily paying the full price of some of the a la carte options.

If you’re after a demure dining experience in the heart of Harrogate, Sasso really is a good choice. It’s special enough to make for a good location for a one-off special occasion, but isn’t stuffy or pretentious, so it makes for an equally good location for a casual Saturday evening dinner date.

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