Paperino’s, the Sauchiehall Street restaurant which revolutionised Glasgow’s approach to Italian food, comes of age this month and is to celebrate its 18th birthday with a makeover to refresh its appeal to diners with a new look bringing it more into line with its younger sister restaurants.

It was in November 1991 that brothers Stefano and Sandro Giovanazzi opened the original Paperino’s in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Renowned for its traditional Italian cuisine, it quickly earned a position for itself as a firm favourite with Glasgow’s Italian community.

Since then, the popular restaurant has been joined by two sisters – Paperino’s West End on Byres Road and Paperino’s@78, which opened at St Vincent Street this summer – and, in order to keep up with the appeal of its younger siblings, the Giovanazzi’s felt that the Sauchiehall Street restaurant deserved something of a makeover.

Stefano Giovanazzi said, “When we opened Paperino’s 18 years ago, the combination of classic food in a relaxed environment was new to Glasgow and the now-traditional look of whitewashed walls and terracotta floor redefined the way the city’s restaurants were designed. Now the time is right to update Paperino’s interior to lend it a modern appeal, more in keeping with the tastes of today’s discerning diners.”

In addition to changing the colour scheme from navy to cream and dressing its windows with striking red blinds, a new space to the rear of the restaurant has been designed specifically to cater for the requirements of group bookings for parties of up to 12 diners, whether business customers, families or friends looking to catch up over a delicious Italian meal.

Renowned for its traditional Italian cuisine, offering an extensive range of pasta, pizza and meat and fish dishes, Mr Giovanazzi attributes much of Paperino’s success to the contribution made by its staff over its 18 years.

“Many of our key members of staff have remained with us for many years and I’ve no doubt that it is the constancy of a quality service, as well as an established menu, that has played a vital part in the success of the restaurant,” he said.

Paperino’s will undergo its makeover on Saturday 14 November and reopen to present its fresh face to the public five days later on Thursday 19 November.


For further information please contact Mark Billington at Paperino’s on tel 0141 332 3800

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Date 13 November 09


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