Milan restaurant named 'Colwyn Bay' in a tribute to the town


James Wilde

An Italian couple have paid tribute to Colwyn Bay by naming their restaurant in Milan after the town.

Luca and Francesca Benanti were travelling by bike through Wales in 2013 and when they arrived in Colwyn Bay they decided that they were going to open their restaurant.

Mr Benanti said: "Colwyn Bay has a special place in our heart, it is the day we decided to start a new chapter in our life.

"We wanted to call the restaurant something distinctive that would stand out from everywhere else and that’s when we thought of Colwyn Bay.”

Colwyn Bay Birreria e Piadineria Artigiana sell handcrafted piadina, a thin Italian flatbread, typically made with flour, lard or olive oil, salt and water as well as beers and Scottish cakes and whiskies.

"The name has brought a reaction, just the other day we had a couple from near Colwyn Bay who saw the name and came into eat. It was great to speak to people from where the name originates.” Mr Benanti said.

Colwyn Bay mayor Cllr John Davies was surprised to hear that the couple had named their restaurant after the town.
Cllr Davies said: “Colwyn Bay must have made a great impression on them.”

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