Town says buon giorno to jobs and restaurant

UP to 15 jobs are set to be created in Alnwick, when the town says buon giorno to a new Italian restaurant which is opening tomorrow.

Restaurateurs Robert and Lorraine Peruzzo are behind Di Sopra, which literally translates as ‘upstairs’, which replaces the former Piccolino’s restaurant on Bondgate Within.

The jobs will vary from waiting to kitchen staff at the sleek eatery, adding to the 15 people already employed at the family’s sister establishments, Caffé Tirreno and Prima Deli, also in Alnwick town centre.

Roberto says he hopes the new venture will provide a boost to the local economy and offer something new for residents and visitors. As head chef, he has designed an extensive menu that reflects his Lazio heritage, sourcing the best local produce to create classic dishes from his home-country, as well as developing new and exciting recipes.

“While Caffé Tirreno provides diners with a relaxed and rustic dining experience, Di Sopra will offer an up-market modern space for larger parties, without losing the Italian charm that has made Caffé Tirreno so popular,” he said.

“We are proud to have worked alongside local builders and tradespeople in the development of this restaurant and we are looking forward to continuing to work with local food suppliers.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers at both Caffé Tirreno and Prima Deli for their continued support and look forward to welcoming them and new customers to Di Sopra.”

Lorraine added: “Di Sopra is an exciting new venture that we hope will offer something unique to potential diners. We are excited about the job opportunities Di Sopra is creating for people who are as passionate about Italian cuisine as we are.”

An extensive space at the rear of the building will soon be developed into a sun terrace for al fresco dining.

Roberto is an Italian trained chef from the Latina region of northern Italy and has been living and working in England for over 20 years, where he met his partner Lorraine, who is originally from Belfast.