Ipsum Vinoteca, A New Wine Bar Concept Opening In Leeds

A totally brand new concept in Italian drinking and dining will be opening its doors in Leeds in October, with the restaurant following in November,  that will revolutionaries the idea of Italian wine and food people have.

Ipsum Vinoteca, the first of its type in the UK, it is not another so called enoteca or Italian restaurant, everything about Ipsum Vinoteca is unique. Ipsum, that in latin mean “itself”, it aims to be different from everything else, stand out from the crowd.

Ipsum Vinoteca will be located on the ground floor that has stood empty for far too long of Murno House, in Duke street, a Leeds' landmark and will feature a wine shop, a wine bar and a restaurant. The wine shop will offer the biggest selection of Italian wines in England, with more than 300 available by the bottle, also available to drink in the wine bar, together with more than 30 available by the glass constantly changing, allowing drinkers to discover unknown wines. There will also be a selection of craft beers, no Peroni or Moretti (stopped being Italian long time ago and now industrially made) and a few cocktails to cater for the non wine drinker but Ipsum Vinoteca will be all about Italian wine, unique wines. Ipsum Vinoteca will also offer a selection of food to complement and accompany the wines.

Ipsum Restaurant, a 20 seats restaurant in our cellar room, surrounded by some of the best Italian wines, will change the idea of Italian food. Italian food outside Italy is often associated with pizza and Bolognese pasta, however, the restaurant won't offer any of them. An award winning chef has been recruited from Italy to prepare dishes that Italian restaurants, in the UK, aficionados have never seen before. No menu, only a handful of dishes changed daily with the best and freshest local ingredients interpreted the Italian way, with Italian ingredients flying twice a week from Italy and as much as possible coming from locally selected suppliers. Eating in Italy is a joyful time and requires time to prepare, all food will be made on order and patrons will be in for a real Italian experience, like having a private chef and sommeliers just for them, so if in a rush, Ipsum restaurant is not the right place. Seasonality, freshness, no pre cooked food, zero kilometre whenever possible, this is the restaurant philosophy. Ipsum will also host plenty of events, from winemaker's dinners to wine evening.

Every single details of Ipsum Vinoteca has been carefully thought and designed by a famous Italian architect from Milan to provide the visitors with the best Italian eating and drinking experience in Leeds and beyond and give a new life to an historical building, restoring all the original features whenever possible.


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