La Rosa is an Italian that replaced the old Aagrah on Bradford Road, when it moved to its fancy new location behind the cinema in Thornbury. It was Saturday evening, and we really fancied a meal out, but nothing too far away or too expensive, so off to our latest local Italian!
The layout is similar to the old Aagrah but the restaurant has been done up in a new style. We were quickly seated and a small portion of bruscetta was immediately brought to the table and drinks orders taken.
Calamari (£5.95) to share was a lovely first course, clearly home made with a side salad – very good.
Main courses were Napoli pizza (olives, capers, anchovies and oregano - £7.25). Good quality pizza....
And for me it was the spaghetti con polpette (meatballs, chilli , pepperoni and tomato - £7.50). A really good pasta dish! Garlic pizza bread on the side was great for dipping in the sauce.
As well as the bruscetta when we arrived, a basket of bread was put on the table when our first course arrived. Again, this is a Leeds Food Leads plus point. Bread as a staple, not an addition to the bill!
The restaurant seemed very family-friendly, with a fair number of families dining on a Saturday night. It is a bit out-on-a-limb on Bradford Road, and you really need to drive there (or get a cab, as we did). It wasn’t packed out on a Saturday night, and the food is great, so it deserves to get local support.
Service is friendly and efficient. And they do doggy-bags so the left-over garlic bread came home with us!