At the end of 2019 a new restuarant was opening in Middlewich, in the first few weeks of being open we visited for a meal, the food, the venue and addition to our town was amazing. 2020 has been a challenging time for restaurants but resiliance is in thier nature, in this edition we meet Claire & Alberto Halluni owners of Il Padrino.
Our Beautiful Italian Restaurant, based in the heart of Middlewich stands proudly in the historic Alhambra building on Wheelock Street. If you had asked me in October 2019: ‘Are you doing the right thing opening another Italian restaurant?’, my immediate answer would have been ‘yes’. We had found a great location for Il Padrino and were excited to launch the restaurant later that month. No one could have predicted the horrendous first year of trading that we were about to face. But even now, almost a year into a global pandemic that has shaken our business to the core, my answer would still be ‘yes’. Il Padrino is here to stay.
We offer such a beautiful dining experience, with great home cooked food and a service like no other, if I do say so myself. I’m proud of how far we have come and how in the most uncertain of times we have still been able to help others. Throughout last summer we delivered free food to NHS staff for 15 weeks at huge cost to the business but it was something we felt we had to do. That’s what we are about, my husband Alberto always puts others first and finds a positive solution.
2020 was a rollercoaster of a year which ended with our sister restaurant, Don Alberto in Holmes Chapel, winning The Go Local, Keep Local Restaurant of The Year award from Cheshire Life. That has given us a huge boost to move forward into the New Year with a positive outlook.
January’s swift lockdown hasn’t quite given us the start we expected but this will not stop us. It will not deflate our minds and we will push forward. We are pleased to still be able to offer our takeaways every Friday and Saturday night for the foreseeable future.
Lockdown has provided us with plenty of time for planning. We have lots of exciting ideas up our sleeves and just hope we can get cracking in the not so near future. First on the list will be a celebratory evening when the restaurant can reopen for dining. This will entail live music, a delicious set menu and people being able to book seats and dance the night away.
Lastly, our wonderful staff deserve recognition for working under such challenging times. They have all been so supportive and positive throughout, it’s incredible. To our customers we thank you immensely for your continued support and community spirit. Il Padrino is looking forward to welcoming you back in much brighter times.