Amore Italian Restaurant
Meet the Chef - Francesco Alfano
Francesco was born and raised in a little town in Calabria (Sibari) in the far south of Italy. From an early age he loved to cook and even dreamed of opening his own restaurant. Inspired by his mother and grandmother, he learned the art of Italian home cooking, from jams, breads and sauces to pasta and cakes. However, he always knew he was destined for greater things than his little home town could offer and as a young man travelled to Rome.
Here he enrolled at the prestigious "Scuole del Gambero Rosso". Having studied under Michelin starred Master chefs, he received the highest Italian award and became a qualified Gambero Rosso chef. His ten years in Rome taught him all there is to know about traditional and modern Italian cuisine. It also offered invaluable life experience and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
Apart from his passion for food Francesco loves people. Everyone who comes into his restaurant is very important to him and is welcomed as a personal friend. He likes to be to his guests as his mother was to him, spoiling them with wonderful treats: soups, salads, pasta, home-made bread, cakes and desserts, all with an original twist - that distinctive Francesco touch. Perfection and originality are very important to Francesco and he likes to use fresh local ingredients as well as the best Italian products available.
Francesco came to England in 2009 and luckily for us he loves it here and plans to stay, if only because (in his own words):
"The day after I arrived, I met my future wife, Cassie, and mother of my child Luigi (named after my father, who named me after his). Having worked in an English restaurant in Newquay for 4 years I felt I gained enough experience of the British custom to have my own restaurant (that and learning to bodyboard, ate my first Cornish pasty and found my love for the real ale Betty Stogs!). Personally I love good food and good wine, especially in good company!"
Soups, salads, pasta, home-made bread, cakes and desserts, all with an original twist - that distinctive Francesco touch. Perfection and originality are very important to Francesco and he likes to use fresh local ingredients as well as the best Italian products available.
All our meats are hand chosen, prepared, cooked and seasoned to perfection.
So whether you're looking for a bite of lunch or an evening three course meal, there is always a range of tasty homemade food for you to try from our busy little kitchen.
"Visiting is a must.
Everything is amazing."
Katie D (via FaceBook)
Awards & Reviews
"Incredible food! they describe it as home cooking & it is if you live in a top restaurant! I think this place should at least have rosettes if not a star"
Catherine (via FaceBook)
"What a lovely place, not large but pleasantly decorated and well-lit inside. The food was delicious - a good selection but not an overwhelming menu"
Barbara (via TripAdvisor)
"This Italian Restaurant is truly a hidden gem right in heart of Newcastle. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere magical & your hosts Francesco & his wife Cassie provide the most amazing service."
Erica A, Stoke on Trent (via TripAdvisor).
"We have been there many times for their evening Thursday through Saturday hours and have worked our way through most of the starters, pastas, and main dishes along with many of the specials and the occasional homemade dessert. It is always a treat!"
Lynn, Newcastle-under-Lyme (via TripAdvisor)
5 Pepper Street
Tuesday – Thursday 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Friday – Saturday 10:30AM – 3:00PM
Thursday -Saturday 06:30PM – 9:30PM
Sunday, Monday CLOSED
Tel: 01782 943541