Nailsea welcomes new restaurateurs Pietro and Teresa Tallo
By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 21:33
The new owners of a Nailsea town centre restaurant which reopens this week have been inundated with good wishes and welcoming messages from local people.
Pietro and Teresa Tallo outside Europa Nailsea
Europa lunchtime specials
Pietro and Teresa Tallo have been busy putting the final touches to the Link Road business which reopens on Thursday as Europa.
Teresa said: "We are excited, it is fantastic and we are so pleased with the kind wishes we have received."
The couple has taken on a 20-year lease and invested £50,000 updating the restaurant.
With a new pizzeria and bar area they are planning a 'bookings only' few days to help their chef Erion Senko and five other new staff settle in under the watchful eye of long term manager Guiseppe Esposito.
An official opening party this month has already had more than 300 people wanting to come and eat so Teresa has devised an invitation-only two hour buffet afternoon.
When they are up and running Pietro will initially be based at Nailsea with Teresa splitting her time between Nailsea and their Bristol city centre restaurant.
The new restaurant will be open six days a week and offer midweek and early evening specials and the same menu as the city centre establishment.
Peitro is from a large Italian family while Teresa, a chartered accountant, hails from Portishead where she once worked as a teaching assistant at St Joseph's Primary School.
The couple who have four grown-up children are real foodies and first met while shopping in the aisles of Asda supermarket at Cribbs Causeway.
When Bottelino closed some diners with special birthday and anniversary bookings were concerned.
But Pietro and Teresa made tremendous efforts to make sure no-one was disappointed including a Nailsea golden wedding party they offered to transport free-of-charge to their Bristol restaurant.
Their eye for detail and customer care also includes decorative place setting for special anniversaries, the opportunity to order commemorative cake and for small children tabletop drawing activities.
Teresa is particularly proud that online reviews have given their Bristol restaurant almost maximum star ratings and she has posted a photo gallery of satisfied customers delighting in their eating-out experience - something she hopes will be emulated in Nailsea.
The Nailsea restaurant will offer a lunch time special menu for £6, set mid-week special menu of two courses from £10.45 or the full three course meal for £13.95.
The early evening special menu from 5.30-7.30pm Monday to Thursday is £9.95 for two courses and £11.95 for three courses.
During December and New Year there will be a festive and a la carte menu only with bookings for every 10 guests receiving a complimentary bottle of wine.
For more details about opening times, menus and specials click HERE or call 01275 858282.
Excitingly the next door but one retail unit which was also owned by Bottelino and in its time traded as a lounge bar and secondhand children's emporium is to become a delicatessen.