More than 150 invited guests including Stone Mayor Councillor Mike Williamson, local businesses and loyal customers were treated to a taste of Italy at an official launch event to mark the refurbishment and reopening of popular Staffordshire restaurant Pasta Di Piazza Italiana.
Councillor Williamson officially opened the restaurant and guests enjoyed an authentic Italian experience with a welcome ‘guard of honour’ created by Italian scooters, Italian music from Tony Fellini and a three course Italian menu created for the evening.
The restaurant has undergone a complete facelift following a £3/4m investment into the business by owner Jigar Gheewala. This has included the addition of a landscaped outdoor space and a new conservatory which means the restaurant can now seat around 180 diners.
Restaurant manager, Antonio da Silva, said the new-look for the restaurant had already been well received by customers since reopening last month, and he was delighted with the support the restaurant has received from the local community.
He said: “Our launch evening was really successful and was a wonderful way to say a big thank you to our loyal customers, local businesses and the people of Stone for being patient with us during our refurbishment and for their continued support.
“The launch had a great atmosphere and lots of people said they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are already booking their Christmas parties with us.
“The team here were very excited about the changes which were being made, but it has been lovely to hear such positive comments from everyone who attended the evening – not only about our new look, but also about our food which we have always taken great pride in.
“Pasta Di Piazza Italiana has been a part of Stone’s lively food culture for many years, and this investment will ensure we remain at the forefront of that for many years to come.”
Other invited guests at the evening included staff from businesses including Natwest, Planned Office Interiors, Lister Trade Frames, Hammonds Surveyors, Trentham Golf Club and Eccleshall councillor Peter Jones.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme Pasta Di Piazza Italiana restaurant is also currently undergoing a complete refurbishment, and the High Street eatery is due to reopen to customers next month.