Flavours from the Med served up at new Congresbury restaurant

Founder of Mediterranevm and Il Michelangelo's in WsM Leonardo Gallani in the wine vaultThe new Medi

Founder of Mediterranevm and Il Michelangelo's in WsM Leonardo Gallani in the wine vaultThe new Mediterranevm restaurant in Congresbury15,03,18 - Credit: Archant

A new restaurant has opened in Congresbury, offering diners wide-ranging flavours from the Mediterranean.

Founder of Mediterranevm and Il Michelangelo's in WsM Leonardo Gallani in the wine vaultThe new Medi

Founder of Mediterranevm and Il Michelangelo's in WsM Leonardo Gallani in the wine vaultThe new Mediterranevm restaurant in Congresbury15,03,18 - Credit: Archant

Meditterranevm has opened in Weston Road, serving up dishes from Europe’s sunnier climbs and North Africa.

The restaurant welcomed its first customers last week, and demand for culinary treats, such as tapas and meze, is already high.

The building was occupied by Greek eatery Sousta for several years, but since the restaurant closed it has undergone a year-long makeover, complete with a Pompeii-inspired mural, mosaics and a wine cellar which will host tasting events.

The man behind the eatery is Leonardo Gallani, owner for Weston’s popular Italian restaurant Il Michelangelo.

Founder of Mediterranevm and Il Michelangelo's in WsM Leonardo Gallani in the wine vaultThe new Medi

Founder of Mediterranevm and Il Michelangelo's in WsM Leonardo Gallani in the wine vaultThe new Mediterranevm restaurant in Congresbury15,03,18 - Credit: Archant


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Mr Gallani said: “I wanted to offer the local community a culinary experience to transport them to the Mediterranean, and the location struck me as a perfect place, right in the countryside and close to Bristol and Weston, while also being part of a real village community.

“I’m delighted to be opening in such a beautiful building and location and hope it will be a restaurant the community can be proud of.”

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The interior of the building is product of designer and artist Geoff Tristram, who was challenged to channel the ‘warm atmosphere of the Mediterranean’ to make a restaurant fit for the North Somerset countryside, including a terrace for summer dining.

At a VIP launch on March 15, Mr Gallani is delighted with feedback he has received on the restaurant and its varied menu – which offers something different to his Weston restaurant.

He added: “The difference between this new restaurant and Michelangelo is that Michelangelo is authentic Italian and Mediterranevm will serve food from all over that part of the world including Spain, North Africa, France, and Greece, as well as Italy and with different herbs which we will grow in our garden and add our own flavour.

“Every month we will host wine-tasting nights where we will take guests into the room to sample wine sourced ourselves from countries like South Africa, Italy and France, not bought from supermarkets.

“Bookings are going very well; we were fully-booked for our opening weekend.”

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