Coronation Street star Luca Malacrino to open pasta restaurant in his home town of Cardiff, with his Dad Giovanni.
The ITV star will open Piatto, which means plate in Italian on 19 March, when the restaurant will be serving 10 different types of pasta.
The restaurant will be Luca's first venture with his dad who already has two Italian eateries in the city.
I’d always had a dream with my sister to carry on with what my dad had started. My favourite food is pasta - if I could eat anything for the rest of my life it would be a big bowl of my dad’s pasta. So I wanted to create somewhere where people can get their favourite quick, delicious pasta, whether it’s carbonara tagliatelle or a ragu made with beef and barolo.”
Piatto has been designed around a ‘social dining’ concept - where diners are encouraged to stop scrolling through Instagram and talk to each other instead. Each three-tier table in Piatto faces the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, and seating is at a diagonal angle to encourage conversation - there’s even a slot within each table for diners to deposit their phones.
To keep things communal, foodies can order a sharer platter with their favourite person, or people - dishes are available in ‘Piattino’ for one, ‘Piatto’ for two, or ‘Piattone’ for four, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Executive chef Giovanni Flore has created hand-sized basket bowls made out of parmesan - or a vegan cheese - that are then filled with oodles of pasta and layered with fresh sauce.