Bramhall’s newest Italian Tre Ciccio opened its doors just a couple of weeks ago and has already earned itself a glowing reputation for serving up authentically rustic Italian fare. I Love Bramhall met up with marketing manager Georgie Glass to find out more about what’s on offer and – of course – to sample some delicious delights for ourselves.
Warm and welcoming with its roaring fire, exposed timber fixtures and hand-painted wall murals, Tre Ciccio is especially inviting on a blustery autumn day. The dog-friendly outdoor terrace, meanwhile, features Tre Ciccio’s signature heated Cozy Tables as well as separate heaters, and staff hand out fleeces to keep everybody toasty.
We’re guided up the few steps from the open-plan bar into the main dining area, passing the kitchen area on the way, where members of the 25-strong staff are already hard at work. Many of the team stayed on when the restaurant transitioned from Mercato to Tre Ciccio, so guests will recognise some familiar faces – including Lucy, who still manages front of house.
Soon seated, drink in hand, we’re joined by a few couples who’ve popped in for an early lunch – Georgie tells us that so far, Bramhall has welcomed the new restaurant with open arms. Many guests continue to visit now that the eatery is under new management, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and authentic southern Italian cuisine.
The ethos of Tre Ciccio is very much Neapolitan – the direct influence of one of the three co-owners and head chef, Francesco Scafuri, who hails from Italy’s Campania region. The decor and ambience, meanwhile, have been brought to life by Paul Swindles of local design agency PHAUS and freelance branding specialist Lou Mora, capturing and recreating the region’s rustic charm right here in Bramhall.
Specialising in classic, southern-style ‘floppy’ pizzas and chicken dishes, Tre Ciccio Bramhall is one of three branches, the first having opened earlier this year in Altrincham and the third due to open shortly in Ramsbottom. Locations are chosen based on their thriving independent business scene – something Bramhall is well-known for.
Keen to sample what the restaurant does best, we order a chicken dish and a pizza from the Natale (Christmas) menu. The Pollo Natale (roast chicken with chestnuts, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts and gravy) is plentiful and moreish, while the Pizza Pietro (sliced pancetta, fior di latte cheese, roast chestnuts and Italian wild broccoli) is deliciously doughy with a unique flavour.
Christmas calls for something special and although we’re not quite there yet, we can’t resist the lure of the indulgent Rum Baba and Nutella Panna Cotta with cherry – both of which are just the right amount of sweet. Bellisima!
The main menu lists an array of mouthwatering meals – in particular, Georgie recommends the Pollo Alla Diavola, which is a spicy dish of roast chicken and potatoes with chilli. The Pizza Sud, meanwhile, topped with spicy pork salami and Apulian burrata cheese, is so good it won Tre Ciccio’s head pizza chef Luigi Marino the title of National Pizza Chef of the Year 2018 at Casual Dining Magazine’s National Pizza Awards.
Check out the stuzzichini (antipasti) menu for small plates and the takeaway menu if you’re in a hurry – there’s also a comprehensive wine selection, an assortment of delicious desserts and a separate menu for the restaurant’s youngest guests.
Tre Ciccio is looking forward to celebrating its first Christmas in Bramhall in a very special way. Stay tuned to Tre Ciccio Bramhall’s Facebook page for more news on that very soon. In the meantime, to find out more about the restaurant, or to book in and enjoy some unmistakeable Italian hospitality, use the links below:
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