Leone Rosso (Sorrento, Italy)

We stumbled upon Leone Rosso by walking to the town centre of Sorrento from the train station. The restaurant is just a couple of hundred yards from the station exit, and its moderate distance from the waterfront and main street means it has a far more affordable price bracket than some of the other restaurants in the town which more than suited us as we were travelling on a budget.

The restaurant had both inside and outside seating areas and was packed in both. There were a seemingly constant flow of waiters bustling around; replenishing up our bread basket, asking if we were enjoying our meals, and filling our glasses. Service was first class and the food was nothing short of our expectations

We started with a complimentary bread basket and a carafe of Caiati IGT. After Paul remembered he wasn’t a fan of white (or any) wine he switched to draught Peroni. The wine list was pretty limited, with a mix of local, Italian and European wines and they had plenty of spirits, liqueurs and beers.

For our three courses we started with an €8 mixed meat platter with mozzarella. There was Serrano ham, prosciutto, salami, pepperoni and olives. For our mains I chose fettuccine bolognese for €8, which was my staple meal in the south of Italy. The bolognese sauce is nothing like I’ve ever eaten before, and Leone Rosso’s version did not disappoint. Rich and flavourful, the pasta need not be drenched in sauce. The portions were just enough, but left plenty of room for the next course. Paul chose a Vesuvio calzone for €8, with mozzarella, pepperoni and spicy sausage. Our desserts were the €4 mint chocolate chip cup and the €4 profiteroles. The ice cream was creamy, freshly made and delicious. The three large profiteroles were swimming in rich dark chocolate and were both of them together were a perfect combination. For three courses, including a sharing platter to start, we paid €32, which is more than reasonable.

To find a quality restaurant at an available price point, Leone Rosse is certainly the way to go. Incredible Neapolitan style food, excellent wine and great service. The price only makes it more appealing, and a certain recommendation from our point of view. To see more from their website, see their official website.


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