Ricci's Tapas and Cicchetti has recently opened on in the heart of Leeds' Financial District: inside the Goodbard House on Infirmary Street. Perfectly situated for those visiting the city, with the train station and Trinity centre a short walk away, this modern tapas restaurant captures the flavours of the Mediterranean in small plates that feature exquisite ingredients.
The Goodbard House location has enabled Ricci's to use the building's industrial features as part of the restaurant's charm: combined with sun-drenched interior features such as red brick walls, weathered wood and cool white accents, Ricci's have created a triumphant blend of the old and the new. There's also a private dining room that's perfect for parties or business meetings. With Ricci's exclusive cocktail bar 53 Degrees North housed just next door, plus a secret gin bar in the basement, the new location has certainly managed to cater to all.
In terms of food, Ricci's specialises in tapas dishes, designed to be shared. Make sure you get some staples on the tables, such as the whipped goat's cheese stuffed piquillo peppers with a jamón Ibérico crumb or the bruschetta with seafood or pesto. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fish and meat dishes, since the menu contains specialities such as the tempura of soft shelled crab with with miso ginger aioli and the hot chorizo cooked in El Gaitero cider. If you fancy one, more substantial plate, the lobster linguini or the Sicilian-style roasted baby poussin with spiced salt and lemon are authentic and delicious choices. Make sure you check out dessert; the deconstructed honeycomb cheesecake with balsamic strawberries and the caramelised apple and toffee cream eclair will prove hard to resist.
There's an impressive range of beers, wines and champagnes on offer, as well as classic cocktails that can be made with a twist. Head through to 53 Degrees North after your meal and make a night of it!
Ricci's is an incredible place to dine, day or night, since the menu can cater to those after classic dishes or those looking for something a little more adventurous. A social way of dining that's perfect for couples or groups of friends and family, this statement venue is a must visit if you want to try the best of what Leeds has to offer.