[York] La Vecchia Scuola

The restaurant is in a lovely 300 year old building, just a few minutes stroll from the Minster. It’s previously been home to a lawyer and a doctor but, in more recent times to the late 1990s, it was the private York College for Girls. We went for lunch – the fixed price menu posted outside appealed more than the chain restaurants also in the immediate area. There’s a more extensive carte in the evening. We were seated at the back of the restaurant in the atrium. It looks out on to a rather nice garden. That must have been developed by the restaurant as the notes about the history of the building, on the menu, mentions it used to be a tarmacked play area for the school.

Lasagne was a decent version. Properly al dente pasta and a well flavoured rich ragu. That said, it had a gloopy cheese topping which just wasn’t very pleasant but was easily scraped off. It came with a handful of rocket and a slice of garlic bread. Calzone was also decent enough, filled with chicken, mushroom and a melty cheese. And a jug of delicious tomato sauce – they should bottle it and flog it separately.

Desserts brought pannacotta and tiramisu. Both absolutely fine but neither worth going out of your way for. Espresso to finish was hot and strong.