My friend and I had tried to go to Ecco Pizzeria in Headingley a number of times, each time it was closed for different reasons. I’d read good things about the place, so for a recent catch up last Saturday we ventured up at 12pm, opening time. It’s a small establishment and whenever I’ve walked passed it’s always been busy, which is definitely a promising sign.
When I arrived I was greeted by a waitress who immediately showed me to a free table. My friend and toddler joined me soon after, we were asked if we’d visited before, and as we hadn’t she then explained how their menu worked. They offer two different pizza sizes – either a 12″ or a 1/2 metre pizza, where you can have 2 different toppings. It works out to be two 12″ pizzas without the extra crust, and they are also a little cheaper too.
Ecco promote the fact that they use centuries old Neapolitan techniques to make their authentic pizzas. They use a hand built wood burning oven from Naples to cook their food and their pizzas cook in less than 90 seconds in a temperature in excess of 800°C. They say they use San Marzano tomatoes or fresh tomatoes broken up by hand, Italian olive oil and seasonal ingredients from local producers.
Their menu is broken up into starters, e.g. chicken wings and dough balls, a range of side salads, e.g. Moroccan salad or Pollo Caesar salad, chicken – 1/4, 1/2 or whole, and an extensive range of pizzas and calzone, ranging from the humble Margherita to a Marrakech (Slow cooked Moroccan spiced lamb).
We decided to just go straight for the 1/2 metre pizza, deciding on a 4 formaggi and the meatball toppings, something that would suit a toddler and the hungry carnivores we both are.
My friend who has is part Italian knows a good pizza when he eats one and he loved it. I must agree wholeheartedly, it was very good indeed. The dough was lovely and thin, just the way I like it, and the crust rather than being thick and doughy was light and not heavy in the slightest. Neither of us was going to leave any crust behind!! We may not have had any starters but were tempted by the desserts so sorbets and a milkshake were ordered, all were enjoyed and wolfed down quickly.
Service was good throughout and the people were very pleasant and welcoming. It was great to see the pizzas being made right in front of you, literally a metre or two away depending on where you sit in the place. With the oven just behind the pizza maker you can see it being cooked too.
I’m definitely going back to Ecco, we had a great lunch overall. The pizzas are great and I think some of the best I’ve had in Leeds!
Our bill was £25 for 2 people and a toddler, very reasonable I think!!!
Food: Pizzas were fab!!
Service: Quick and friendly.
Atmosphere: Had a nice buzz with the pizzas being made in front of you and the place quickly filled up creating a good atmosphere.Ecco Pizzeria 93 Otley Road Leeds LS63PS 0113 278 28 28