La Vecchia Scuola (Eng: The Old School) Italian Restaurant at 62 Low Petergate is a must-visit when in York.
La Vecchia Scuola is housed in a 300 year old building that previous to being a restaurant, housed the York College for Girls. Before that, a doctor’s residence, lawyer’s office, and in Roman times, a fort stood on the same spot.
New owners opened La Vecchia Scuola in 2013 and haven’t looked back. If our experience is any indication, they’re in for a long run.
Main courses are in the mid to high teens, topping out at £21.95 for filet. Pasta and Pizzas are less. See current online menu here.
We began our meal with a shared order of Funghi Gorgonzola (£6.45), pan fried oyster mushrooms in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce, garnished with fresh basil. Fresh bread came on the side.
Can “Funghi” be romantic? Don’t know why, but leaning in, sharing this dish, dipping torn bits of bread into the sauce, was a bit romantic.
PIC ordered Salmone alla Griglia (£13.95). What arrived at table was a perfectly portioned piece of grilled salmon with risotto and a roasted vegetable mix that had been tossed with a caper garlic and cherry tomato sauce.
My choice for the evening was Penne Giardineira (£9.75). Cooked al dente in a tomato garlic sauce, penne pasta was topped with courgettes, mushrooms and peppers. Grated cheese was added table-side.
For dessert, a shared piece of Banoffee Pie. Mmm, Mmm, Mmm!
Can’t remember exactly why, but we ended up with a glass of wine each, on the house. A wonderful way to feel welcome when the only table left on a busy night was a two-top under the stairs. That doesn’t sound very nice, but actually I’d say this seating area is removed from crowds and tables further back can feel tucked away and romantic.
Service was impeccable. Really impeccable.
I was so impressed with the entire La Vecchia Scuola experience, I asked the manager if I could come back at a slow time and take photos of all the various dining areas. He thought it was a grand idea and I thought I’d gotten lucky. This was a great excuse to wander throughout the building’s multiple dining areas on two floors. See them all in the Gallery.
The most coveted dining area at La Vecchia Scuola seems to be the Conservatory – a gorgeous, large, glass-walled room at the back of the building which overlooks an expansive garden and offers interesting views of York Minster. Live piano music also graces the Conservatory.
- Whatever night of the week you plan on going, make a reservation.
- Co-owner/Chef Decio Franca with wife Gabriella are committed to sourcing locally.
- Much of the food is made in-house from scratch.
If you get the opportunity – GO.