Before today's experience I have to admit that I wasn't all that keen on what usually passes for Italian Takeaway Food - Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, etc (are you starting to notice a theme here???).
In fact, I was starting to get a bit disheartened when it came to finding anywhere which sold authentic Italian food without me having to sit down for a three course meal (especially as I have been watching Rick Stein and his series about his travels from Italy to Turkey - where he shows all this lovely "street food").
If I am perfectly honest, I was in two minds about visiting "I Buongustai" for that very reason.
I should have realised that if the Italian guys from "Gelato Village" were tweeting about how good it is it must be OK.
(This review indirectly came from my review of "Gelato Village" - the "Gourmet" (Sorry - English Translation of "I Buongustai") staff tweeted me to invite me to sample their food after reading my review of "Gelato Village".)
One question - have you ever walked into a takeaway and felt like you were walking in to someone's kitchen at home???
That is exactly how I felt when I walked in to "I Buongustai". They had some stools and one small table. The thing I loved the most - apart from the food and the friendliness of the staff - was that I could actually see the dough being worked on for tomorrow's food. No locking the cooks away in this establishment.
The food is prepared on site and cooked from fresh when you order it. Yes - they do have pizza, however, they also have other dishes. Allow me to recommend the "Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni". I think the Italians have the perfect word for it - "Bellissimo"!!!
Situated at 82 Granby Street, Leicester, it is a bit of a march from "Gelato Village" but you will need the exercise to make room for dessert. (Leicester really needs either an "Italian Quarter" or a "Proper Home-cooked Food Quarter!)
If you really want to know what I loved most about "I Buongustai" - it wasn't the food so much as the people cooking and serving it. This is because they are obviously passionate about providing authentic Italian food to re-educate people like me. (Of course, it helps that they are Italian themselves.)
Yes - "I Buongustai" might be a little on the expensive side for a normal "takeaway" establishment but - trust me - it is worth paying that little bit extra for food which has been cooked and served with love, using ingredients you can taste all the way through.
I would thoroughly recommend giving "I Buongustai" a try if you are in the area and you want takeaway Italian food with a difference.
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