Individual Restaurants promises to bring a touch of Italy to Cheshire with its latest opening of a flagship Piccolino in Alderley Edge. The brand 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.
The Manchester based company also recently announced a deal with the UK’s favourite Italian chef Gino D’Acampo who has moved into premium casual restaurants with the launch of his new restaurant brand: Gino D’Acampo -My restaurant. Two restaurants will open before Christmas. The first in central London, in Euston station, quickly followed by a site in the newly refurbished Corn Exchange building in central Manchester.
Located on London Road in the ground floor space of the former Panacea club, Piccolino the Italian restaurant and bar, will be open from 7:30am all day everyday, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner until late. At the same location on the first floor, Yu and You Chinese restaurant will also be opening at the same time. The new Piccolino restaurant will seat 250 guests and brings a new meaning to ‘all day everyday, dining’ boasting; a 20 metre eat at open kitchen, wine boutique, island cocktail bar, private event space, an all year outside terrace with fully retractable roof and much, much more.
In addition to all of this, Piccolino have brought in the skills of celebrity juicer Cindy Palusamy, to open a brand new juice bar called The Juicery which will open on Monday 30th November. Founded in New York, The Juicery boasts locations in LA, London and now Alderley Edge working alongside leading nutritionists and doctors, all over the world. The Juicery will open from 7.30am daily from Monday 30th November and 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.”
Also launching on Monday 30th November and served weekdays from 7:30am and weekends from 9am, the new breakfast and brunch menu, offers a range of breakfast favourites from waffles, crepes and pancakes to panini’s, eggs and porridge.
All of the eggs served on the menu are sourced from Brookside Farm in lancashire, so whether you choose to start the day with your eggs scrambled, fried, poached or in an omelette you can guarantee that they’ll always be free range.
The restaurant has a very Mediterranean look designed to allow guests to feel comfortable from morning until night in its many diverse areas. The refined use of classic timeless materials including; Carrara & Nero marbles imported from Italy, antique brass, Oak & reclaimed white washed woods, are brought to life with striking light blue leather where inspiration was taken from the famous Italian yacht builder Riva.
The centre piece of the restaurant is the 20 metre kitchen bar. Providing the feel of a Harrods food hall, guests can watch the chefs in action from the working food displays. 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 that take centre stage. Piccolino only use natural lump wood charcoal and sustainable wood specially sourced from the English countryside.
Passion for provenance is at the forefront of the menu, no matter where you look. The company has close links to artisan suppliers all over Italy bringing some of the best cheeses, salamis & grocery items to the UK.
Boasting its own butchery in Cheshire where a team of nine full time skilled butchers source the very best meat & poultry direct from farms.
All their beef is sourced direct from carefully selected farms across the British Isles and they specialise in certified Black Aberdeen Angus. Individually selected cattle are hung for 7 to 10 days and dry aged on the bone for a minimum of 35 days in their own bespoke Himalayan pink salt brick, dry ageing room. Every single steak is hand cut buy their own skilled butchers.
In addition to this the menu has an extensive selection of wild shellfish sourced mainly from the clear waters of the UK via small independent suppliers. Fresh hand picked crab from the Isle of Man, native lobster, wild Scottish langoustines, hand dived scallops, rope grown Scottish mussels and Mersea island rock oysters to name just a few of the amazing items on the menu.
Piccolino goes to great lengths to bring you truly amazing fish, responsibly caught from sustainable sources, including some of the finest day boat fish from around the British Isles. The company has developed strong partnerships with small independent family run suppliers, like Chapmans of Rye on the south coast of England, to ensure the best fish direct from their boats.
Artisan filled pastas are all made in house by Marcello Ghiretti, the pasta specialist from 00’ flower, free range eggs, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
Piccolino strives to serve the very best of the season. Seasonal fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs are from hand picked growers and organic wherever possible.
You are sure to be tempted to a dessert too, with the pastry chef in full view of guests showing off their waffle and pancake making skills. Piccolino also has its own bakery run by skilled 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. The boutique is run by two Italian sommeliers and can be hired for wine and cocktail masterclasses.
“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”, says Dario Barbato the in house sommelier.
The central cocktail bar offer a drinks list that is both extensive and very Italian, offering a diverse selection of seasonally inspired classic Italian cocktails, Italian Vermouth, Amari, sweet liquers and
an impressive list of craft beers.
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!”
Individual restaurants continues to go from strength to strength. It owns and operates a growing collection of over 35 restaurants in London, major cities, affluent towns and suburbs across the country as well as providing services to other leading restaurant brands. Its restaurants are often frequented by celebrities, well known sports and TV stars.