Individual Restaurants promises to bring a touch of Italy to Alderley Edge with its latest opening of a flagship Piccolino.
The new restaurant will open on Monday, 23rd November for lunch and dinner, quickly followed by the launch of their Juice bar, The Juicery, and breakfast on Monday 30th November.
Piccolino will be located in the ground floor space of the former Panacea building with Yu and You Chinese restaurant above, which will also be opening at the same time.
The new Piccolino restaurant will seat 250 guests and includes a 20 metre eat at open kitchen, wine boutique, island cocktail bar, private event space plus an all year outside terrace with a fully retractable roof.
In addition, Piccolino have brought in the skills of celebrity juicer Cindy Palusamy to open The Juicery. Founded in New York, The Juicery boasts locations in LA, London and now Alderley Edge where guests will be able to 'juice in or takeaway'.
Cindy comments of her collaboration with Individual Restaurants: "The mission of The Juicery has always been to bring a taste of the famous New York/Los Angeles well-being culture to all parts of the world. In Steven Walker and the team at Individual Restaurants, we found an amazing group of dedicated foodies who share our passion for bringing our version of 'expert goodness' to life. Our truly collaborative menu at the new Piccolino in Alderley Edge, will not only feature our signature juices and smoothies, but also booster shots, superfood hot chocolates and teas, salads and takeaway snacks that are as good as they are good for you."
The restaurant has a very Mediterranean look designed to allow guests to feel comfortable from morning until night, with the use of materials including; Carrara & Nero marbles imported from Italy, antique brass, Oak and reclaimed white washed woods along with striking light blue leather where inspiration was taken from the Italian yacht builder Riva.
The centre piece of the restaurant is the 20 metre kitchen bar designed to provide the feel of a Harrods food hall, where guests can watch the chefs in action. The kitchen includes; a salad bar, salumeria, fish and shellfish bar, meat and poultry bar, pizzeria, pasta bar, pastry and ice cream bar. Most of the cooking is done on a bespoke open charcoal and wood burning grill, or one of three handmade Italian wood burning ovens.
The company has close links to artisan suppliers all over Italy and boasts its own butchery in Cheshire where a team of nine full time skilled butchers source the meat and poultry direct from farms. In addition, the menu has an extensive selection of wild shellfish, sourced mainly from the clear waters of the UK via small independent suppliers, and fish caught from sustainable sources.
For those tempted by the dessert menu, the pastry chef in full view of guests will be showing off their waffle and pancake making skills. Piccolino also has its own bakery run by pastry cook Antoine Quentin. It prides itself on the fact that all ice cream, sorbets, cakes and desserts, are made in house.
The wine boutique showcases an extensive all Italian wine and Prosecco list, together with a vast selection of champagnes whilst the central cocktail bar offer a drinks list that is both extensive and very Italian as well as an impressive list of craft beers.
Dario Barbato the in house sommelier said "So keen are we for guests to try our fine and rare selection, we have only added a small mark up, charging a fraction of the prices compared to other restaurants."
To add to the Mediterranean feel DJ Julienne Jeanne - who has worked in some of the coolest ski and beach resorts throughout the Mediterranean - and his team, will play music on the outdoor terrace from Thursday until Sunday, midday until midnight.
Steven Walker, founder of Individual Restaurants, the company behind Piccolino says; "We are really excited to be opening a flagship Piccolino restaurant in Alderley Edge and feel the partnership with Vinnie and Victor Yu, who own and run Yu Chinese restaurant, will make this a fantastic eclectic foodie destination and I wish them every success for the future.
"After visiting the best outdoor terraces at some of the coolest restaurants and hotels in major capitals of the world, we are also excited to bring a taste of this to Alderley Edge with the creation of the all year terrace."
Victor Yu, Head Chef comments "We've been looking to expand the business and open a second restaurant for a while now, but we wanted to find the right location. Both Vinny and I think Alderley Edge is a fantastic place that will complement the restaurants sophisticated style and food offering. We're looking forward to bringing a new concept to both residents and visitors from the surrounding area. Also on the agenda is an exciting local area delivery service alongside Piccolino that will launch in early 2016, so watch this space!"