Our Story

Delrio’s menu offers a range of fresh seafood, locally sourced meat, traditional pizzas, pastas and home-made desserts, complemented by fine wines, cocktails and aperitifs.

Giovanni prides himself on cooking with the highest quality of  fresh ingredients provided by both local and Italian suppliers.

We prepare our dishes in an open kitchen within view of customers.

Our Food

Delrio’s Restaurant has built its reputation for quality through offering a wide variety of dishes using the highest standard of ingredients in a relaxing and friendly environment. As you would expect from a family-run restaurant, the menu offers traditional recipes, including Sardinian dishes which have been handed down through the generations.

All dishes contain the freshest of ingredients, which are specially sourced and prepared with great care by the team of chefs at Delrio’s.

The Restaurant

Delrio’s Restaurant is located adjacent to Micklegate Bar, the Royal entrance to the City of York and just five minutes walk from York train station.

Delrio’s restaurant is located in a cellar with some seating located in underground alcoves.

Delrio’s Restaurant offers an informal and vibrant dining experience.

A private seating area is available for large party bookings and a bar area is available for pre-dinner drinks.

An outside seating area is available for alfresco dining in the summer – weather permitting!

Our History

Established in 1992 by Giovanni Delrio, Delrio’s Restaurant has built up an enviable reputation for providing food of the highest quality in a relaxed and intimate setting. Giovanni’s concept is simple – he uses traditional methods of cooking and sources the best of fresh produce, both locally and from Italy.

Giovanni is Sardinian and maintains close contact with his family on the island.  He studied traditional Italian cuisine at one of Italy’s top catering colleges and then worked in some of Tuscany’s most exclusive hotels before arriving in York in 1978 on a college placement at the Holiday Inn on the Tadcaster Road.

Giovanni subsequently worked in a variety of York hotels and restaurants before opening his unique, underground restaurant at the corner of Micklegate and Blossom Street on 1 July 1992:

“In those days, it was tough and the hours were very long.  However I just thought it was time to take the risk and set up my own place. I wanted to prove that it was possible to do great Italian food using local produce.  In those days I drove to the markets in the morning for fresh produce, then prepared the food, cooked it, served it and provided the entertainment in the restaurant too!”

After years of hard work and dedication, Giovanni and his team have well and truly established Delrio’s Restaurant as a popular eatery on the York map.