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|LIVINitaly: A journey through Italian cuisine and wine begins at Granary Wharf|
|LIVINitaly is the newest addition to the burgeoning food and drink scene at the award-winning Granary Wharf development in Leeds.
The venue, which offers authentic Italian food, wine and coffee, is the second venture from the experienced team behind the award-winning Diva Italiana in Pudsey.
LIVINitaly, owned by founder Mattia Boldetti who orginates from Milan, recreates the atmosphere of an Enoteca Gastronomica, an authentic Italian wine bar, which specialises in fine wines and serves a varied menu from light antipasti to substantial mains and are commonly found in Italy as a place for city lovers and loungers to meet, enjoy a relaxing coffee, have lunch or stay late enjoying cocktails into the night.
The bar at LIVINitaly is well stocked and offers a comprehensive menu of fine wines which are served using a unique wine dispenser, the only one of its kind in Leeds, which allows customers to enjoy a wide range of high quality wines served by the glass and the ability to taste the wine before buying. Wine-related events are also planned by LIVINitaly and its partners, the first of which is in conjunction with the Worldwide Sommelier Association which will be running training courses and events from LIVINitaly from early 2012.
The Italian cuisine is hand made by some of the best Italian chefs in Leeds, using high quality seasonal produce selected from local Italian "artigiani" who make the foods using traditional Italian methods. Diners can also pick up an exclusive range of Italian deli products to take home from the restaurant's deli shop.
Coffee is supplied by an artisan Italian coffee roaster, Caffe Vero, selected for the quality and consistency of their coffee and, like LIVINitaly, a family business passionate about their product and famous for customer satisfaction in hard-to-please Italy.
Founder Mattia Boldetti explained: "We love food and wine - it's our passion, our driving force, our way of life. It's part of our family, and ourselves. At the heart of this is a desire to share our passion, to take people on a journey that we ourselves have loved and enjoyed, to open people's minds to Italy's true tastes, flavours - the real thing - and to create the perfect environment for this pleasure. We're on a mission to guide the people of Leeds and to convert them to the ways of the Enoteca Gastronomica and help them appreciate what we do - we're very excited about the opening of LIVINitaly at Granary Wharf and can't wait to share the way we feel about great food and wine"
Granary Wharf is home to a cluster of independent food and drink venues set within the tranquil waterside of the Leeds & Liverpool canal, just a short walk from the bustling city centre. The development boasts well-established local Japanese eatery, Wasabi Teppan-Yaki, and the restaurant and bars at DoubleTree by Hilton including the popular SkyLounge, which regularly attracts more than 2000 visitors at weekends. The area's popular drinking hole, The Hop, offers live music twice a week and the other most recent addition, authentic Brazilian restaurant Fazenda, adds a taste of South America to the international flavours found at the development.
ISIS Waterside Regeneration is keen to continue to attract independent retailers which are searching for a unique place to trade in Leeds, and welcome more individual retail and leisure companies to make the waterside development their home.
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