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Popular restaurant Prezzo opens at Ashton Moss
Saturday 13th June 2015 @ 21:28 by Max Wieland

A taste of Italy has come to Ashton Leisure Park with the opening of a new restaurant.

THUMBS-UP: Some of the staff from Prezzo along with their manager Alexi (centre).

THUMBS-UP: Some of the staff from Prezzo along with their manager Gergely Horvath (centre).

Award-winning Italian restaurant Prezzo has opened in Ashton, creating 18 new jobs at a cost of £600,000.

The restaurant will serve popular and innovative Italian food, including a fantastic range of pizza, pasta, salads, flatbread salads, risotto and grills.

Additionally it will offer an excellent choice of desserts and drinks and also feature a children’s menu.

It has seating for 139 guests; 103 in the restaurant itself and a further 36 in an external dining area.

Guests will be able to see the pizza oven section of the kitchen from the main restaurant area.

LINE-UP: For a drink at Prezzo's bar area.

LINE-UP: For a drink at Prezzo’s bar area.

Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye said: “The restaurant will serve the highest quality food in comfortable and stylish surroundings.

“I am confident that Prezzo will prove popular and be a great addition to Ashton Leisure Park.”

Prezzo will be open from 12 noon until 11pm throughout the week.

FOOD REVIEW, by Max Wieland:

Situated in the middle of Ashton Moss’s newest development, in between the cult burger chain Five Guys and the popular eaterie Bella Italia, sits another popular Italian restaurant, Prezzo.

I’ve often wanted to dine at Prezzo but have been put off either by the distance to the nearest restaurant or because of the belief that it would just be a more upmarket Pizza Express.

Which funnily enough it is, but in a really positive way.

It’s contemporary design is slick, inviting and impressive, yet also child-friendly at the same time.

Whereas their staff seem to genuinely enjoy working there, so much so that you would be forgiven for forgetting you’re actually sat in a chain restaurant.

ITALIAN INSPIRED: A typical three course meal would consist of four flatbreads to share (£7.95), classic pizza (from £9.95) and a range of desserts, such as cheesecake (from £5.65).

ITALIAN INSPIRED: A typical three-course meal would consist of four flatbreads to share (£7.95), classic pizza (from £9.95) and a range of desserts, such as cheesecake (from £5.65).

Obviously the food also helps to make you feel more at home in what feels like an independent yet relaxed and pleasant restaurant.

The menu also offers a great selection, from pizzas, pasta and steaks, heck, you can even order a steak pizza, which is possibly the best food invention I have stumbled across this year, but as with most Italian restaurants, my love for bread and cheese often means I plump for something very similar to the above.

But what impressed me above all with Prezzo is that for an upmarket and executive of sorts restaurant, it is surprisingly very affordable and incredibly welcoming at the same time.

After seeing Ashton Moss’s Leisure Park grow in stature over the last few years, it is no surprise to see its latest expansion with restaurants with a high calibre such as Prezzo.

Treat Yourself

But what is most pleasing of all is that after years of comfortable dining, you can now visit Ashton Moss and treat yourself in a more upmarket fashion, both in taste and visually.

In all honesty, it is probably the leisure parks most impressive restaurant of the lot and is certainly more than just a place to pass the time until the time of your cinema showing, as has often been the case in the past with many visits to Ashton Moss.

It might be situated in the middle of two other popular chain restaurants, but unsurprisingly, it certainly holds itself on its own.

In fact, away from becoming Ashton Moss’s best place to dine, I wouldn’t bet against Prezzo giving Tameside’s many other Italian restaurants a run for their money at the same time too.