Favourite Things: Leopold Square reminds me of my Italian home

Salvatore Eduardo Capasso pictured outside The Light cinema on The Moor. Picture: Chris Etchells
Salvatore Eduardo Capasso pictured outside The Light cinema on The Moor. Picture: Chris Etchells

Salvatore Eduardo Capasso is the restaurant manager of one of the city centre’s busiest restaurants.

Half Italian and half Brazilian – he originally arrived in Sheffield to study. That was three years ago.

Velocity & the Hotrods performing at Leopold Square, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 23 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Velocity & the Hotrods performing at Leopold Square, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 23 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Sheffield is now his adopted home. You’ll find him most nights as the welcoming face of the upstairs restaurant in Leopold Square’s Cubana.

Naples-born Salvatore originally started his catering life back home in Italy where he trained at catering school. When he first came to Sheffield without speaking too much English, he started as a kitchen porter in Tropeiro which used to be one of Cubana’s neighbours in Leopold Square.

The 27-year old lives in the Heeley area with his Mexican girlfriend Rocio.

Mercure

After a few busy nights at Cubana I’m ready for a rest. I don’t find relaxation comes any better than the spa and sauna of the city centre’s Mercure Hotel. And you can’t forget the swimming pool. It’s the perfect destination to wind down and charge the batteries.

Heeley

I’m a big fan of the community where I live in Sheffield. To say it’s so near to the city centre, I find it a very quiet and restful place. There are so many bohemian-style shops and restaurants and, like so many parts of Sheffield, it’s only minutes away from the beautiful countryside.

Football

Though I’d rather be back in Italy supporting Naples, I have an adopted Sheffield team in the shape of the Blades. I’m hoping we’re in for another great season - so far so good.

The Light

There’s a lot of really exciting redevelopment going on right now in Sheffield City Centre and it’s great to feel a part of it. I love the new Light cinema on The Moor. It’s so spacious and nice. We’ve needed something like this for a long time.

Leopold Square

Though I might seem biased, I’d really say Leopold Square is one of the nicest and most trouble-free areas of Sheffield city centre at night.

There is such a wonderful and classy mix of bars and restaurants and a great bunch of people that frequent them. It really reminds me of home in Italy. I’m particularly fond of Bamboo Door and their amazing selection of cocktails.

Primoz

If you’ve never been to this place you must visit. It’s a family-run restaurant serving authentic South American cuisine from Venezuela and Colombia. It has a real charm and friendliness about it and it’s hard not to leave in a good mood when you’ve been.

Tamper Coffee

This is one gem of a place. It’s always buzzing –whatever time you go in. It’s a true Kiwi coffee and culinary experience in gorgeous surroundings. Also great for breakfast and juices.

Sheffield People

Sheffield people are some of the most friendly and nicest in the world. I was made welcome the minute I arrived. There is an amazing cosmopolitan mix here.

The Great Gatsby

I love this lively Division Street bar. It really has a buzz all of its own. I’m a regular here on my nights off. It’s a great place to hang out and has an amazing mix of liquors.

Wick at Both Ends

Another of Sheffield’s stand out bars. This is another place that’s innovative and doesn’t stand still. It’s a great advert for the city’s buzzing nightlife.

Marco @ Milano

If I want a truly mouthwatering meal in luxury surroundings I’ll be hard pressed to beat this place. This is as good as it gets back home in Italy. Gorgeous wines and food to die for.

Fox House

When I want a break from city life you’ll often find me at Fox House. This place is full of rustic charm and offers great comfort food. It’s hard to believe it’s just a few minutes drive from the city centre.

tramlines

This is such a wonderful music festival. Sheffield has created something so special with this event. So many artists. It really is one of the highlights of the year for me.