Sasso Restaurant is owned and run by Stefano Lancellotti, who is also the Head Chef, and his wife Sara.
Opened in 1998, we named the Restaurant after Stefano’s the home town. Sasso Marconi is a small town just outside Bologna in the Emilia Romagna Region of Italy. Emilia Romagna has a rich culinary tradition and is considered by many Italians to be the heart of Italian cooking; Bologna is famous for its fresh egg pasta, Tortellini and tagliatelle being just a couple of their key pasta dishes. Stefano uses specially imported Italian eggs in his fresh pasta giving it great colour and extra flavour.
Also in the Emilia Romagna Region, Parma produces the world famous Parma Ham. All pork products play such an important role this Region’s cuisine: Mortadella, sausage and pancetta to name just a few, which is why you will see them strongly represented on our menu.
Another town in Emilia Romagna, Reggio Emilia is home to the wonderful Grana Padana Parmesan cheese. Make sure you try some freshly grated on your pasta/risotto dishes, it adds another dimension to the flavour.
Modena, whilst being where the fabulous Ferrari produce their cars is also where Balsamic vinegar is produced and Stefano not only uses it in his salad dressings but often features it as a key balancing ingredient in his dishes.
We hope this has given you a little ‘taste’ of where our dishes come from and hope you will try them for yourself soon!
Stefano & Sara
- Stafano Lancellotti
- Domenico Ponziani
- Gabriel Sosa Vignarolo
- Alex Graban
- Robert Sweeting
- Gian Persico
- Lydia Gotts
After many years in the restaurant industry in Italy, Stefano opened Sasso Restaurant with his wife, Sara Ferguson, and father-in-law Brian Ferguson in 1998. Stefano’s passions are food, wine and football although not necessarily in that order!
Domenico, originally from Umbria in Italy, took over from Sara when she stopped managing Sasso to have her son Nico, in 2006 and has been with us ever since! Domenico is a well-known and beloved figure in Harrogate having managed restaurants for over 25 years. Domenico enjoys spending time with his two grandsons and so we are reluctantly letting him spend less time in the restaurant to spend more time with them!
Gabriel has worked at Sasso for many years, he took a break recently but we are so happy that he is back with us, now as Restaurant Manager at Sasso. Gabriel is originally from Uruguay but spent some time in Miami gaining solid experience in restaurants, before coming to the UK and is an accomplished mixologist and wine connoisseur.
Alex came to us in September 2016 and has a great background working in Italian restaurants. Alex is also an accomplished barman with a great talent for cocktail making, ask him for your favourite! Originally from Transylvania, Alex loves Harrogate and spending time with his family.
Gian Carlo has worked for us part time for many years and recently became a full time member of our team. Originally from Sorrento, Gian Carlo has worked in Italian restaurants for many years and is always a key motivator both for the kitchen staff and front of house with boundless energy and passion for cooking!
In 2008, Sasso entered into the Good Food Guide with the fantastic score of 5 out of 10. Since then, Sasso has maintained its entry in the Good Food Guide year on year. Other Awards Sasso have been given include;
- 2007 The Times, The Knowledge Magazine – Top Ten Pasta Restaurants
- 2006 The Times, The Knowledge Magazine – Top Ten Pasta Restaurants
- Top Ten Mediterranean Restaurants
- 2005 The Yorkshire Post, Top Italian Restaurant
- Yorkshire Life Magazine City Restaurant of the Year 2004 – 2005 Award
You can also read our SquareMeal review here.