Town centre has two new Italian restaurants

A luxurious new Italian destination opened in Wilmslow town centre last week.

Cibo Gran Café, which opened on Wednesday, 8th November, is a restaurant as well as a bar and patisserie

Cibo Gran Café is located on Grove Street where the owners of Cibo have combined two units, previously occupied by Holland and Barrett and TUI travel agency, into a single property. They were also granted permission to expand into the former Flame and Wok unit located next door to their Green Lane restaurant, and the Mobitechs Phone repair shop unit in the Grove Arcade.

The new Gran Café will trade independently from Cibo and be open seven days a week from 8am - 5pm serving breakfast, a selection of salads, sandwiches and grills as well as pastries and desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

A spokesperson for the company said "Whether you're in the mood for a crafted cocktail, a hearty Italian meal, or a delicate pastry, Cibo Gran Café has got you covered. Our commitment is not just to serve but to enthral, ensuring every guest gets a slice of Italy's finest offerings."

Meanwhile a second new Italian restaurant is preparing to open its doors in the town centre next week, marking a new direction for the chain.

Piccolino Grande will be opening in the former Brewhouse & Kitchen on Tuesday 21st November and the company has created an exclusive menu, bespoke to the new Wilmslow restaurant.

Mark Window, Head of Food Development at Piccolino, said "We're proud to launch an exclusive new menu bespoke to our most elegant restaurant yet, Piccolino Grande Wilmslow. Authentic Italian dining has been at the heart of the Piccolino brand for decades and the new menu stays true to our values of provenance, quality, authenticity, welcoming hospitality and honouring the Italian way of doing things."

Photos: Inside Cibo Gran Café. Taglioni al tartufo and Zeppole from the new menu at Piccolino Grande.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Gary Chaplin
Wednesday 15th November 2023 at 1:32 pm
These restaurants will no doubt get the perennial complainers complaining more, but two great restaurants including the arrival of the successful and always popular Piccolino will be a great addition to our town.

It's 2023. Towns will only survive long-term through leisure and hospitality offerings, these two businesses have the momentum to be part of our community for the long term.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 15th November 2023 at 5:03 pm
Individual Restaurants, which owns the Piccolino, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Opera Grill and Bank high street restaurant brands, has were acquired by the directors of Iceland supermarket, in a transaction worth more than £40m.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 15th November 2023 at 8:22 pm
I think most Wilmslow residents like me, and other regular visitors to Grove Street would agree with this article which states.... " Cibo Gran Café is located on Grove Street"

However, their website gives the address as "31-33 Grove Arcade, Wilmslow, SK9 1DU.

According to Royal Mail, the postcode SK9 1DU is for Grove Street.

Good look to them and Piccolino Grande, but I won't be frequenting either of them as they are not my cup of tea at all.

I'm more of a good old-fashioned greasy-spoon cafe.
Gary Chaplin
Thursday 16th November 2023 at 3:11 pm
@Jon - Malcolm Walker has been an investor for well over 10years.
Ryan Dance
Friday 17th November 2023 at 6:29 am
Great news for Wilmslow. Great to see individuals/ companies investing significant sums of capital. The other alternative is a mass of empty shops.

Wishing them all the best. Serve great food, deliver great service and you’ll be successful and here for a very long time.

Adam Bower
Saturday 18th November 2023 at 3:53 pm
What's the postcode got to do with anything?! Best of luck to all new businesses starting up in quite tricky times