Culto Italian Restaurant Leeds

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We’ve all heard the saying ‘less is more’, it’s appropriate here at Culto to use this phrase as once again for the second time in a month I had another delightful meal here. Really tasty authentic Italian food reflecting the rustic charm of the place reminding me of a little pizza restaurant I’ve visited when in Naples. The pizza oven dominates as you walk through the door bellowing out aromas of freshly baked dough, garlic, sweet tomato and freshly torn basil. A reminder of the simplicity of the food served here at Culto. No frills required just a small but tempting menu. The blackboard chalked up with classic pasta specials to tempt you even further. Once again we were greeted with a smile, attended to promptly and informed there would be a short wait for a table for four. Whilst waiting we shared a delicious tomato/ garlic pizza base and opted for an aperitif of the Italian cocktail ‘Aperol’, delicious! White wine for the table was recommended, an Italian Luisa Sauvignon Blanc priced at £30, served in an ice bucket fashioned from a re-cycled pomodorino can, looked so stylish. Overall once again Culto delivered a great tasty Italian food experience and if you don’t finish all your pizza you can take it home with you. I shall look forward to returning again soon.

Chateau La Croix Saint-Pierre, Cotes De Bordeaux, Blaye 2015

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Clay soils within the appellation Cotes-de-Bordeaux Blaye are perfect for the grape variety ‘Merlot’ to thrive. This lovely French blend is made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A perfectly balanced red wine with flavours and aromas of ripe fruit. Pronounced ripe cherry and blackberry dominate on the first taste but slowly as the wine opens up it reveals a little sweet spice, hints of oak with gentle tannins creating that soft mouthfeel. This wine was really good value priced at £8, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for a second bottle or maybe a case!

Purchased from Waitrose £8

Worked really well with cured meats, olives, mature cheese.

 

Peter Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Awatere Valley NZ

 

 

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A winery that produces award-winning wines whilst looking out for the environment. This Sauvignon Blanc recently won a Silver Award and after tasting I understand why.

Two parcels of wine individually fermented, blended, crafted then bottled. Outrageously fresh like lightning in my mouth. Sharp and full of mouth-watering acidity, it was so good on the palate. We ate chicken with a creamy sauce, the wine cut through the sauce complementing the dish perfectly. Flavours and aromas of passionfruit, tangy citrus fruits with amazing purity as these flavours stayed in the glass until every drop was gone. Absolutely fabulous!

Purchased from Waitrose £14