Sunday, 15 July 2012

Casa Mia Millenium, Leeds

Out for lunch a few Saturdays ago with Psycho Psu and Miss Babs, we decided to eat at Casa Mia Millenium, given that we had met for a few drinks round the corner at All Bar One.

The interior is slightly alarming – lots of pink and purple, from the walls through to the exceptionally hard chairs. Thankfully, your eyes are drawn to the big glass displays of cakes and pastries, which help distract you from the “disco” decor.

We ordered a bottle of pinot grigio which at £23, was a bit more than I would usually pay. Sadly when it came, it wasn’t chilled very well and we asked for a glass of ice to cool it down.

We decided to share starters. We ordered the Italian antipasto, along with pate della casa, which was a duck pate with ciabatta and chutney. The antipasti was not very well presented and a bit “heaped” on the plate. A bit tricky when you are sharing to dig out the food! The pate was good.


A great thing about Casa Mia, is that that they do my favourite pasta dish – Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, Peperoncino & Pinoli - This is a very simple spaghetti with garlic, chilli, pine kernels and olive oil. You don’t see it everywhere, as I imagine it doesn’t appeal to the British way of drowning pasta in sauce, so I am always impressed to see it on an Italian restaurant menu. Casa Mia do it very well.

Miss Babs had Pizza Italiano – a pesto base with tomato, shaved parmesan, mozzarella and rocket leaves. She reported it good.

Casa Mia is authentic Italian, and is in a great position on Millenium Square. The food is good, although a little expensive. Pasta dishes are between £9 and £11 which is about the same price as Bibi’s.