Foodies say ‘saluti’ as Italian restaurant re-opens

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An award winning restaurant is due to re-open for business tonight (Thursday).

Gambero Rosso on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal at Bainsford was forced to close last October after a fire wrecked its kitchen.

Owners Antonio and Susan Pullucci have been working hard behind the scenes since then to get the popular Italian eatery ready to welcome customers back.

Gambero Rosso’s restaurant, bar and pizzeria had proved to be a hit with Falkirk district ‘foodies’ before the blaze closed it down - its popularity and high standards recognised with it being named Central Restaurant of the Year and Overall Restaurant of the Year at the 2016 Scottish Hospitality Awards.

Now after six months of repair and refurbishment, it promises it is back better than ever before.

Manager Giorgio Onori said: “What happened was a disaster, but after a lot of hard work we are ready to re-open. From ceiling to floor everything is brand new and spic and span and we think even better than before.”

The huge interest in the future of the restaurant in Burnbank Road has been reflected on social media.

Tonight, bookings are “very good”, and with ‘normal service’ now resumed, expected to get better.

Meantime, the search is on to find someone to run the former La Banca in Falkirk’s Vicar Street.

The tapas and Spanish-themed restaurant was another top attraction on the town’s bar and restaurant circuit, but closed in January due to the ill health of the tenant.

Now the lease of the 250 cover restaurant is back on the market.

Suzanne Lawrie of DM Hall Edinburgh said: “This is an excellent opportunity for a hospitality entrepreneur. All the pieces are in place.”