Goretti to open sec­ond Mat­toni in Eye

AS ONE ITAL­IAN RESTAU­RANT SAYS FAREWELL, AN­OTHER TAKES ITS PLACE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Foodanddrink -

AHamp­ton restau­ra­teur is look­ing for­ward to open­ing a sec­ond venue - bring­ing to an end a long search for the right lo­ca­tion. Riva, which had op­er­ated in the for­mer Ris­torante I Toscanini premises in Eye, Peter­bor­ough, since 2013, closed for good last week.

But the clo­sure proved to be an op­por­tu­nity too good to miss for Goretti Lo­bato, who has taken on the lease and plans to open her sec­ond Mat­toni restau­rant next month.

Goretti opened Mat­toni in Hamp­ton Vale about five years ago and busi­ness has grown steadily - to the point where she is dis­ap­pointed to have to turn so many peo­ple away.

“The Hamp­ton restau­rant is quite small and it has just got so busy. We turn quite a lot of ta­bles ev­ery night, but I get so many phone calls and I hate telling them we can’t fit them in.

“We have a lot of loyal reg­u­lars who tell their friends, who try us and tell their friends.

“I just feel the time is right to of­fer them an al­ter­na­tive and had been look­ing for the right lo­ca­tion for some time when I heard that the premises at Eye was avail­able.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity to spread our wings” she added. “And hope­fully we can open next month in time for Valen­tine’s day as we have had so many in­quiries.”

Goretti says she will be tak­ing one of her Hamp­ton chefs to the new restau­rant - Mat­toni Eye - and will cre­ate 15 to 20 jobs with the ven­ture.

Her team will now set about mak­ing the place “warm and cozy as pos­si­ble”, she says.

“It has that rus­tic Ital­ian feel about it, but we will freshen things up a lit­tle with new ta­bles and chairs, and do some­thing with the bar so it will look a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent.”

The menu won’t be as ex­ten­sive as the Hamp­ton restau­rant, said Goretti.

“It will start small with daily spe­cials and we will build on that from cus­tomer feed­back,” she added.

Paolo Bianchi, who owns the build­ing, and ran the Ris­torante I Toscanini from 1995 to 2012, said: “I think they will do very well in the vil­lage and be made very wel­come.

“The vil­lage needs a restau­rant, they are a fan­tas­tic team at Mat­toni and I wish them well.”

Goretti Lo­bato who is open­ing a sec­ond Mat­toni restau­rant at the for­mer Riva restau­rant premises in Peter­bor­ough Road, Eye.

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