I have to admit that I was a bit cynical about ordering from La Besi, purely because I'm a bit of a takeaway traditionalist (I know what I like, and that's a curry house that does curries, a pizza place that does pizzas, etc etc - ordering fancy pasta and starters just feels wrong. Ok, felt wrong. Not no more, nuh uh).
We ordered marinated olives (so very very tasty) and mozzarella wrapped in parma ham (oh my god, my mouth's watering thinking about it now), and then various pasta-y delights. Relatively cheap (I think it came to £26 with a couple of desserts thrown in).
And then last night we tried a couple of pizzas and some cheesy chips (classy, ain't we?), and they came to under £13. Bargain. Really good, fresh, thin, authentic pizza bases and delicious pizza toppings. I'm hoping Hot Steve will stump up for another tonight because I'm feeling hungry and too lazy to cook...
Ooh and they're very prompt at delivering! And the dude who delivers is very friendly! And you can order ONLINE! How fantastical is that?
I wasn't too excited to eat here when I saw it was empty on a saturday night but I'M SO GLAD I WENT IN anyways. They have a huge selection of pizzas and pasta with "normal" italian ingredients. I say normal, because I've encountered several pizza and pasta restaurants that have adapted to the local taste and have left behind the italian tastes!
But in this case, the pizzas are delicious and the service was great :) Very happy.
The other evening, very bravely, I ordered take away from a restaurant I've had no previous experience with. I say bravely, because I'm so used to the luxury of relying on recommendations from Yelp that when I saw La Besi hadn't any feedback, I was concerned I'd stumbled on to a duffer. Well, without taking a leap every once in a while, you'll never discover new things - and I'm glad I risked it. This little Italian place seems, from my initial experience, well worth a dabble.
For starters, the menu is varied beyond the usual doughy slop. Every pizza proudly states that it's mozzarella cheese, which immediately piqued my interest. Had I mustered a little more courage to try something different, I'd have gone for the Estiva Pizza: Mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, feta cheese, spinach, olives, onions & garlic. Sounds divine, right? Yes. But, having just gotten back from a festival, vegetables were on the agenda -so I took the veggie pizza. (I know, the ridiculous notion that because it's a vegetable pizza, it's healthy. Don't judge, I am lazy and I was broken.)
I also ordered a Lemon Sorbet, from the beverages section, which on arrival was in fact some kind of ice cream actually inside a frozen lemon. I've yet to try it (mostly as I'd forgotten it existed until now) but I'm excited. It looks like it'll be a real mouth pleaser. As for the pizza, well. I've triumphed in sourcing out yet another actually palatable and delectable pizza place, of which I reckon there are few in town. Most offer a hugely bready, sloppy mess. This is nothing of the sort.
Conjur up flat Italian style pizzas, real mozzarella cheese, voluminous toppings and very flavoursome sensations in your mind. The only real complaint I had was that the tomato sauce was spread a little thin, and I'd have like a bit more. Perhaps it's not the way it's done. Top tip - order a garlic mayo for dipping the crust. You know this makes sense.
On second glance, the menu looks promising for an actual visit, rather than a cheeky just eaty. Plenty of exciting pastas, pizzas and specials -and they even do a range of paninis - presumably for the nearby students at lunch. Don't miss this wee hotspot as it seems, at first try, a bit of a win.
Just finished off my first meal from La Besi and it was delicious! My bf and I recently moved house and were looking for a good pizza delivery near our new place. La Besi was recommended by a friend and the high ratings on Just Eat solidified the decision.
We got a goat cheese pizza that had goat cheese, mozzarella cheese, red onions, garlic, rocket and a balsamic drizzle as well as bruschetta and chips. The pizza was one of the best I've ever had taste-wise. However, it could be improved with a crispier, less limp crust. I would not waste time or money on the bruschetta again as the bread arrived soggy and the tomatoes had a weird texture. I didn't have any chips, but they were given the thumbs up by the bf!
All in all, we will definitely be ordering from here again, but will stick to the pizzas and stay away from the side orders.
La Besi is probably my favourite restaurant in Leeds. The prices are very reasonable with starters ranging from £2.95 and mains from £5.95. Being a 'Bring your own Wine,' as well as offering a 10% student discount in the evenings, La Besi makes eating out a frequent student pleasure. It's only small, seating about 10 tables inside but this adds to the cuteness of the business with the owner going to every effort to make sure you're happy and the simplicity of this authentic Italian restaurant. I'm surprised I never see the place full, but this simply means that there's always a table for me and my boyfriend when we decide to eat out. Would definitely recommend.
We have used this twice for delivery if we want a good quality romantic takeaway, and have not been disappointed. Proper Italian restaurant food delivered to our door. Great. It's a bit strange eating tiramisu that's been in one of those foil containers, but it sure tasted great!
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