Going out for a classy meal in a nice restaurant usually means a trip out of town for Ilkestonians.
But the gastronomic void might just be filled, once the finishing touches are put to the town’s newest eatery – an authentic Italian restaurant.
Delino’s is the brainchild of Cotmanhay man Nino Raisys, who is bringing his Italian heritage and experience as manager of bars and restaurants in London – including at Wembley Stadium – to Granby Street.
The 34-seater – set to open early December – will be the 37-year-old’s first solo business venture and he has high hopes.
“I looked at what’s lacking in this area and it’s an Italian restaurant,” explained Nino.
“Italian food is Britain’s number one dining out choice but there’s nothing within a few miles of Ilkeston – you’ve got to go to Derby or Nottingham.”
He has already recruited a chef who is ready to cook traditional Italian meals: “These are authentic Italian dishes that people will not know about – it shows people it isn’t just about pizza and pasta.”
“Of course I’d be mad not to serve pizza and pasta but there’ll also be simple, fresh produce that people might not have heard of.”
He has used successful Ilkeston food pub The Durham Ox as a business model, warning Delino’s is ‘not going to be the cheapest place’, instead the focus is on quality, he said.
“The key to any successful business is consistency,” he added. “Consistency in quality of food, pricing and service every time you come here.
“As long as everyone leaves satisfied with their expectations exceeded, they will come back again and again.”
Having already recruited a chef for the kitchen and some waiting staff, Nino will be looking for more staff early in the New Year.
He said he wants to take on an apprentice for the kitchen and more waiting staff but no until at least the end of January 2014.
“I want to recruit locally to help with the problem of unemployment in the area,” he said.
To enquire about working at Delino’s send a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.