Monday, 7 September 2015

Harrogate's Stuzzi 'Did us Proud'

Saturday morning at Stuzzi

Stuzzi is our new haven, skillful Italian authenticity which tantalises the taste buds but also engulfs you in Italian passion, wine, meats, cheeses and canolli! While pondering our wedding plans over the past 12 months, we found ourselves returning time and time again for a freshly baked Italian sausage sandwich and a mid morning Aperol Spritz or two. While doing so, we felt it could be the very solution to our wedding starter predicament. What would not only impress our guests and look beautiful, but would also sit well on the tables and pack flavour while getting everyone into the food 'sharing' mood? We had no choice but to squeeze the culture and enthusiasm for this style of food into our plans somewhere or other.

The relaxed welcoming approach of Harvey, Jimbob and the Stuzzi team capture the rustic vibes of Italia, not least as they have actually been there. They have seen and enjoyed it on multiple occasions. They know their stuff and sell it with their own genuine love for what they do and bring their own quirky design to the whole place. So we enquired about adding a little of this to our village hall spectacular.

Stuzzi pig logo
Freshly made Italian Dessert
Aperol Spritz mid morning outside Stuzzi!

We had a sit down discussion with the experienced and incredibly knowledgeable Stuzzi baker who has worked in Italian bakeries learning from the best, if this guy had his way we would have had three bread courses and nothing else! We also listened to the guidance of Harvey about balancing our offering with meats, textures and colour. We were all set to bring Stuzzi to Sawley.

Mr and Mrs Ellory-Hoare do it Yorkshire/Italian style

Hungryforimage - photos by Mik and Sara
The results were amazing; displaying the offering to our guests on two foot long planks, raised up on the table with tomato cans. The foccacia, bread sticks, fennel and cumin breads made interesting and perfect dipping tools for the fresh pea dip and chickpea puree. Balanced on top were a selection of delicious cured meats, plump and creamy green Sicilian olives, preserved turnip tops and the most talked about addition.... mustardo fruits; literally preserved and vibrantly coloured fruits with a sugary and mustard surprise. These bad boys were the most talked about thing at the wedding!

photos by Hungryforimage - Harrogate

White Sangria cocktails

Amazingly complex flavours, not any old bread stick - Stuzzi

Our wedding would not be complete without our obligatory Aperol Spritz

Borrowed the water bottle idea too...sorry! - Picture by Hungry for Image
We can't recommend this place enough, not only for their splendid knowledge and genuine interest in our event, but for making our wedding day a complete hit! If the Ellory-Hoare's had tipped up a big fat miss with the food on their wedding day.... well it would have been a bad do!

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