In little over 18 months Amodo Mio has established itself as one of Falkirk town centre’s favourite restaurants.
The welcome the Pia family has received since they flung open the doors of their Manor Street premises is one of the reasons they came to the district in the first place.
Following in the footsteps of their father, who runs Bar Aldo’s in Alloa, Carolina and Giovanni Pia decided their aspirations didn’t lie with a city restaurant, instead they wanted the more intimate and friendly atmosphere of a town centre eatery.
Carolina said: “We invested in Falkirk for a reason and are delighted with the response that we’ve had.
“Our family has run restaurants in Edinburgh in the past, but one of the drawbacks is you never get to know your customers, it’s nearly always tourists you serve.
“In Falkirk we have already built up a clientele which returns again and again.”
And that’s the reason why she is delighted to support The Falkirk Herald initiative Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local.
It recognises that local businesses, whether they be retail, restaurants, bars or leisure facilities, are the lifeblood of communities and the local economy.
Carolina added: “Things in Falkirk are definitely picking up and it would be great to see even more people investing in this fantastic town. It has so much to offer.
“And the more there is in the town, the more people are encouraged to stay and not travel outwith the district”
She welcomed the new Free after Three parking scheme for council-run car parks, but said she would be delighted if even more could be done to improve parking and encourage people into the town centre.
“We’ve been amazed how many great customers we have already, and everyone who visits us is investing in a family business.”
Amodo Mio is only one of many successful businesses in the area who will be in the spotlight in coming months. The Falkirk Herald will also be bringing great deals to allow readers to sample some of the fantastic products and services they have on offer.