Italian celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo has announced that he is to open a new restaurant in Alderley Edge – Luciano.
Named after his first born, Luciano will take over Piccolino on London Road, bringing "upmarket Italian dining" to the village.
It will be Gino's second restaurant under the name of his 19-year-old son, joining his recent opening at the five-star ME London hotel, in the heart of the West End.
The restaurant will formally launch with an exclusive evening with the leading Italian chef on January 24th, when guests will be invited to experience the new menu and learn more of Gino's plans on-screen and off. Those looking to dine in advance can do so from January 4th however, when the restaurant will take over from Piccolino.
Speaking on the impending opening, Gino D'Acampo said: "I have many friends in Alderley Edge and the surrounding areas, it's an amazing place and one in which I'm super excited to open. The location on London Road couldn't be any better, it's a fantastic property. I'm looking forward to spending time here with the amazing team, and our incredible, loyal guests."
Managing Director of Luciano by Gino D'Acampo, Mat Cunningham, added: "We're looking forward to bringing Luciano to Alderley Edge. Gino's influence in the kitchen is significant, not just in terms of the sourcing of ingredients and creation of dishes, but the impact he has on chefs who love to work with him and aspire to his talent and attention to detail. He's incredibly hands-on."
Major investment in the London Road property, which was previously occupied by Panacea and prior to that home to the Brasingamens nightclub, will see Luciano expand into the former premises of neighbouring Chinese restaurant Yu to create an event and private dining spaces which is anticipated to launch in the Spring.
All existing bookings at the London Road restaurant will be honoured with guests contacted with news of the takeover. The new opening sees all positions protected and 15 new jobs created.