Say what you like about how late it makes you for work, snow certainly makes Leeds a pretty place to live.
Locations that you may have spent the last few months trudging past with your head down are suddenly transformed into picturesque, wintry scenes that wouldn’t be out of place on a Christmas card.
In my view, one of the places in the city centre that looks especially beautiful when the snow falls is Millennium Square.
Not only because it’s currently being transformed into the annual ice skating rink spectacular, but because of the looming dual presence of the Town Hall and the Civic Hall in such close proximity which look all the more impressive for a little dusting.
The only downside is that it’s far, far too cold to just stand there and enjoy the view so you need somewhere to duck inside and get comfy.
Thankfully Casa Mia was perfectly placed to do just that and for my companion and I to grab something to keep us warm when we ventured back outside into the bargain.
Once inside, we noticed that the compact restaurant area was next to a cosy-looking bar, but we were in the mood for something more substantial and were shown to out seats by the window to admire the view.
The restaurant is vibrantly decorated, full of bright purples and whites, and while we admired the decor our friendly waitress took our coats and handed us menus.
There was plenty to choose from and we were both hungry enough that it took us a while to decide.
While we did, we noticed a number of families eating, with the children being entertained by the staff and handed crayons and drawing paper, which was a nice touch in a busy, city centre restaurant.
Eventually we decided what to eat, with my companion ordering a homemade meat cannelloni.
Piping hot and served in a small dish, the portion was actually deceptively large.
The pasta was well-cooked and absolutely smothered in cheese.
The beefy meat filling looked a little unappetising at first but was actually very tasty and the dish proved to be a perfect winter warmer.
I decided to try one of the extensive selection of pizzas and after a lot of back and forth, I decided on a pizza de Millennio.
The base was very thin and crisp and was topped with tomato, mozzarella, rocket, Parma ham and parmesan shavings.
All the toppings, in particular the salty ham and rocket, combined fabulously to make a pizza that, despite its large size, I couldn’t bare to leave a single crumb off.
The one drawback was that it was very salty and left me thirsty for the rest of the day.
Along with drinks, the bill came to just under £30 which we both thought was a little on the expensive side.
But there were no complaints about the food which, combined with the location, makes Casa Mia well worth a visit.