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On a sunny day looking out on to the tree lined courtyard in front of Nino's Restaurant, one could be forgiven for mistaking Reading's Market Place for a little slice of Italy. Nino's Restaurant has been serving original Italian fare here since 1980 when it was founded by Nino Bartolomei himself.
Originally from Salerno, Italy, Nino has created an enviable reputation in Reading as a restaurateur and business entrepreneur. Nino's experience in the restaurant trade stretches way back to the mid sixties when he was first employed as a washer-upper! He progressed through head waiter, Chef and restaurant manager before committing his life to the creation of his first restaurant in Reading, Nino's in the Market Place.
Expansion soon followed. Many will remember Nino's 2 in Church Street, Caversham, which provided a select menu and intimate ambience. Bookings were essential to guarantee a table and the service was sublime. Then there was Nino's wine bar, a popular venue based in Duke St, which reigned supreme for many years.
Again there was a dining area, live music and a willing atmosphere. However, as Nino himself said, everything has a price, and both the wine bar and restaurant have now changed hands leaving Nino to concentrate on the original Nino's Ristorante Pizzeria in the Market Place.
In 2001 Nino's expanded into the adjoining shop unit: since then the larger premises have been thriving, Nino's traditional Italian approach and attention to detail bringing wave after wave of fresh custom to " the longest running traditional-style Italian restaurant in Reading".