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
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!
We are delighted that Roberto has been with the team since 2014 – he is our talented pasta chef, he is also an excellent pizza chef so you may catch a glimpse of him making a guest appearance in Caffe Marconi’s kitchen sometimes!
Our Manager Domenico, originally from Puglia, has been with us since 2006 although he has managed in the Harrogate restaurant business for many, many years so will be familiar to many patrons.
Our Assistant Manager Gabriel has been with us since 2009 and is guaranteed to always give you a warm welcome. Gabriel is originally from Uruguay but has also spent many years in Miami – quite the cosmopolitan!
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.