Gino D'Acampo to replace Piccolino and Yu with 'upmarket' Italian restaurant

Italian celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo has announced that he is to open a new restaurant in Alderley Edge – Luciano.

Named after his first born, Luciano will take over Piccolino on London Road, bringing "upmarket Italian dining" to the village.

It will be Gino's second restaurant under the name of his 19-year-old son, joining his recent opening at the five-star ME London hotel, in the heart of the West End.

The restaurant will formally launch with an exclusive evening with the leading Italian chef on January 24th, when guests will be invited to experience the new menu and learn more of Gino's plans on-screen and off. Those looking to dine in advance can do so from January 4th however, when the restaurant will take over from Piccolino.

Speaking on the impending opening, Gino D'Acampo said: "I have many friends in Alderley Edge and the surrounding areas, it's an amazing place and one in which I'm super excited to open. The location on London Road couldn't be any better, it's a fantastic property. I'm looking forward to spending time here with the amazing team, and our incredible, loyal guests."

Managing Director of Luciano by Gino D'Acampo, Mat Cunningham, added: "We're looking forward to bringing Luciano to Alderley Edge. Gino's influence in the kitchen is significant, not just in terms of the sourcing of ingredients and creation of dishes, but the impact he has on chefs who love to work with him and aspire to his talent and attention to detail. He's incredibly hands-on."

Major investment in the London Road property, which was previously occupied by Panacea and prior to that home to the Brasingamens nightclub, will see Luciano expand into the former premises of neighbouring Chinese restaurant Yu to create an event and private dining spaces which is anticipated to launch in the Spring.

All existing bookings at the London Road restaurant will be honoured with guests contacted with news of the takeover. The new opening sees all positions protected and 15 new jobs created.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jon Williams
Monday 3rd January 2022 at 9:06 pm
Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant chain goes into liquidation with staggering debts of £5m
GINO D'ACAMPO'S My Pasta Bar chain has reportedly fallen into liquidation, after amassing debts of £5 million.
Gino D’Acampo’s My Pasta Bar Chain has allegedly lost an extortionate amount of money since it opened in 2013 and has now fallen into liquidation after borrowing millions and laying off staff. According to reports in The Sun, paperwork obtained by Companies House state that the chef has called in liquidator
David Carey
Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 9:40 am
Its all over the papers how his Pasta Bar chain is in liquidation and he owes staff their wages, perhaps he needs to pay them what is owed from one of his many other companies or from his TV work?
Stephen Justice
Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 3:39 pm
Luciano and the Pasta Bars have no connection beyond their founder.

The press and excited social media commentators are doing nothing to help the many staff, suppliers and customers by sharing ill informed sensational and mostly irrelevant comment.
Neil Jennings
Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 7:32 pm
Employees beware!!
Steve Savage
Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 8:33 am
Manchester based Individual Restaurants Group (IRG) own Piccolinos, Bar & Grill and Gino Restaurant brands. Therefore this is just a rebranding exercise. It will be the same pre cooked, ping ping offering as before. That old saying...."you can't polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter" seems fairly apt here.
Marcus Holt
Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 2:44 pm
Lucianos have nothing to do with IRC (or the pasta place) its a totally separate and new brand owned by Gino. I was in London a few months ago and visited the one there and it was without exception some of the best Italian food I have eaten outside of Italy. Not the cheapest place but food, service and atmosphere was superb. I hope they replicate that here. As for the microwave....if any chef can produce any of what I ate to the level that it was, in a microwave, then they are some sort of magician
Steve Savage
Thursday 6th January 2022 at 8:25 am
I stand corrected then Marcus. Still not convinced by another celebrity chef "branded" restaurant. I'm sure it will be suitably glamorous for the Alderley Meerkats, however places this size are rarely able to produce food to a decent standard. For me, the best Italian food is to be found at either Sugo or Salvi's.