One of Southport’s most iconic restaurants has reopened under new ownership in time for Christmas!
Casa Italia, on Lord Street, is now welcoming diners after being taken by established Southport restaurateur Ronnie Garner.
Mr Garner previously ran the famous Ronnie’s restaurant just off Hoghton Street, and most recently ran the Spiga restaurant on Bold Street.
The new venue has released new Christmas menus with a three course Christmas lunch from as little as £8.95 with a three course Christmas party menu £16.
Casa Italia is now open for lunch, parties, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Despite the pandemic, a number of new independent businesses have opened on the main stretch of Lord Street this year.
They include the Grill Hunters restaurant; the Great Himalayas restaurant; Skylight cafe and restaurant; Rohan outdoor clothes store; Coco Boutique ladies fashions; Lapel Menswear; and Fabulous Furniture among others.
Casa Italia was originally founded in the 1970s by Erasmo and Eileen Grossi and their family. Mr Grossi recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
The family ran the thriving restaurant on Lord Street for 25 years. They handed over the reins to new owners in 2003.
At the time the venue opened, in 1978, Italian food was something of a novelty both in the town and across the UK.
But Mr Grossi’s huge enthusiasm for his restaurant and his country’s cuisine saw him become a trailblazer for many other restaurant owners to follow.