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Emporio Italia

3a Mill Bridge Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 1NJ

People of Skipton, you lucky, lucky devils – your local Italian, Emporio Italia, is a terrific café-restaurant run by ebullient Calabrians, with a menu that showcases real Italian country cooking. During the day that means things like rustic bruschetta, belly pork panini, tuna-and-bean salad, Calabrese pizza and baked aubergine: at night the constantly changing menu features hearty pastas, gnocchi, steaks and lamb, chicken and fish, with plenty of gutsy southern Italian flavour. If you're coming for dinner, best to book. Coffee's good too, and if just fancy a drink and a snack, there's a little terrace out front, Meanwhile, the deli shelves are stacked with good Italian food and produce, from zingy salami to A-grade organic olive oil.

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