Italian restaurant which closed its doors reopens after 'local lad' invests £100,000

Amici is on Aigburth Road in the former Justino's
-Credit: (Image: Amici)

A new restaurant has opened in South Liverpool, after the premises was taken over by a 'hard working local lad.'

James Nolan, who runs the Deysbrook pub in West Derby, bought Justino's Restaurant & Bar in Aigburth back in April. He changed the name of the restaurant to Amici and after he invested more than £100,000, it has now reopened to the public.

The new Italian restaurant, which has a capacity of 120, has a new interior and a full new kitchen along with new kitchen equipment and a renovated bar area. Amici also has a new lunch, a la carte, Sunday roast and dessert menu. Dishes include salads and burrata, wood stone oven-fired pizzas and calzones, risotto, pasta, fish and meat dishes.

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Previously speaking about taking on the new venture, James said: "After nine years of hard work the time has finally come for me to start a new venture, one I have always wanted to do and tried to make happen for the last five years. My friends and family will only know how much I’ve always wanted to open an Italian restaurant.

"So I have finally made it happen and I can now shout about it. I have acquired the former Justino’s site in Aigburth. The Deysbrook, which has been my life for the past nine years, has allowed me to take on this challenge and I will still be fully involved in the day to day operation and running of The Deysbrook but just not around as much whilst I get stuck into this new venue."

Amici, South Liverpool’s new Italian restaurant, has opened on Aigburth Road
Amici, South Liverpool’s new Italian restaurant, has opened on Aigburth Road -Credit:Amici

James said: "After weeks of renovations and so much hard work behind the scenes, we’re delighted to unveil our new Italian restaurant, Amici, in the heart of South Liverpool on Aigburth Road. Here we’ve put together a menu that everyone will enjoy, from nibbles and light bites to an excellent lunch offering, to our a la carte menu which is the showpiece of our restaurant.

Inside Amici is on Aigburth Road in the former Justino's
Inside Amici is on Aigburth Road in the former Justino's -Credit:Amici

"On Sundays, guests can enjoy a classic Sunday roast with all of the trimmings and for those who want to make a night of it on Friday and Saturday evenings, we’ll have acoustic music on from 9pm following our final dinner service where they can stick around to sip drinks in our bar area.

"Now that our doors are open, we’re very excited to welcome local guests and those from a little further afield to Amici."

Inside Amici
Inside Amici -Credit:Amici

Commenting on the news, one person posted on Facebook: "So proud of you Jay, a hard working local lad serving his community, we will be there to support you, good luck you you both." Another added: "Hope his passion and hard work pays off."

Now available to book, Amici will be open seven days a week from 12pm.