Italian food prepared by Italians Cooked by Italians
Franco Ardani has teamed up with long life friend & chef, Paolo Cerasuolo
and would like to welcome you to our neighbourhood style, family run Italian restaurant. Franco originally from Calabria, Southern Italy, is an Italian entrepreneur with a passion and a flair for food. As a proud Italian he believes in using the best quality ingredients and is committed to providing exceptional customer service. As the current owner of Panini’s Café Bar in Park Gate and of Gallery Slaves (event catering), Franco has extensive experience in starting, owning & running a variety of Italian Catering & Hospitality businesses. He formerly owned two restaurants and managed several others over a period of 20 years.
Paolo originally from Positano, on the Almalfi coast, is a very talented Italian chef who met Franco over 25 years ago when they were both working at Papagallo’s in Winchester. An intense bond was formed between the two men and they have been good friends ever since. Paolo has worked in some of Southampton’s & London’s top restaurants. Between both of them, they have a huge amount of experience in Italian Restaurants and what they want to provide are the traditional classics, plus local specials from their respective regions for you to explore and sample.