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Edinburgh says ‘Buongiorno’ to top new Italian restaurant

By Sharon Wilson

Martin Wishart and Stefano Pieraccini

Stefano Pieraccini, 25, has announced that he will open a new restaurant in Edinburgh's New Town this summer. Rico’s, on North Castle Street will open in July, creating 25 local jobs in the city.

The new 56-cover restaurant and 20-cover bar will be situated on the former site of The Honours, previously owned by Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart for 11 years.

Named after his grandfather Enrico Pieraccini, Rico’s is the latest addition to Stefano’s growing portfolio of restaurants known as the Rocca Group, which includes The Broughton on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews.

Rico’s will focus on quality of Italian dishes made with locally-sourced Scottish ingredients, including fresh pasta made onsite daily.

Scottish seafood and shellfish will be supplied by David Lowrie Fish Merchants whilst a award-winning wines come from Antinori.

The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday

Stefano’s ambition is to grow his restaurant collection across Scotland and the north of England over the next five years.

Commenting on the launch of Rico’s, Stefano said:

“Despite all of the challenges of the last year, we’re always looking for opportunities grow and develop the Rocca Group. When the chance arose to take on the space, I knew I had to grab it with both hands.
“I have no doubt that many will be sad to see The Honours go after ten years on North Castle Street. Martin and I have a good relationship and he has been somewhat of an inspiration to me in my career to date.
“We like to think of this as an exciting opportunity to bring something really different to Edinburgh city centre. The venue itself will be stylish, desirable and have a great atmosphere, but I also want it to be somewhere guests know they will get excellent, authentic Italian dishes and warm hospitality.
“It is fantastic to be announcing some good news after the trials and tests of the pandemic. We can’t wait to welcome guests to Rico’s in July.”

Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart said:

“Sadly, during the pandemic I made the unavoidable decision to permanently close The Honours Brasserie. It is now time for the next chapter to unfold at North Castle Street.
“It’s great to see a young and ambitious restauranteur coming through, especially following a really challenging period for the industry over the last year.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish Stefano all the very best with his new venture.”

Rico’s will be located at 58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LU.

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