EXPECT THE BEST
Pavoni & Co is a fabulous new restaurant in Longridge specialising in Neapolitan style pizzas, with a twist. Gail Bailey meets owner Marino Falasca to find out more. Photography: Kirsten Platt
On entering Pavoni & Co you immediately feel at ease and ready to unwind in the relaxed and stylish atmosphere created by Marino Falasca and his team.
Marino has always been involved in the restaurant sector and even at 10 years old was helping in the kitchen of Checco’s Great Harwood where his father is the owner: “It was my grandmother Maria Pavone who taught me how to cook. She helped to open the first Tiggis restaurant in Preston, and I learnt how to make the most amazing pasta sauces and meatballs from her,” Marino says.
Aside from learning under the watchful eye of his grandmother, Marino is a self-taught chef who has worked in top Michelin-starred restaurants including L’Enclume in the Lake District, Moor Hall and also for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
“I take a huge pride in the quality of food we create here and want an evening at Pavoni & Co to be about the whole culinary experience, but with a relaxed and informal vibe,” says Marino.
Neapolitan pizzas are the restaurants speciality dishes. Baked in a wood fired pizza oven that was built exclusively for Pavoni & Co in Naples, pizzas are made from dough that takes three days to ferment and are light and airy in texture.
“Our signature pizza is the Bowland, which takes inspiration from local surroundings. It is made with San Marzano tomatoes which are the most famous plum tomatoes to come out of Italy. They are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which gives them a sweet flavour and low acidity. The pizza is then topped with local smoked duck, Garstang blue cheese, walnuts and truffle oil – I take inspiration from walking my dog through the forest of Bowland.”
The menu is varied and has a modern twist on traditional Italian cuisine – it includes a glossary of all unusual ingredients detailing where the food comes from, how it is harvested and why it makes a dish so flavoursome.
Pavoni & Co has two floors, downstairs the open kitchen takes centre stage with a stunning black marble island and a glowing wood oven. The second floor has dramatic steel beams, a bar and an intimate private dining room. In the evening the low lighting, music, fine wines and fabulous food make it the ultimate place to relax, unwind and enjoy good times. During the day it is equally chilled, and people can pop in for a lunch, coffee and cake – even your four-legged friend is welcome and there is the added bonus of an outside space too.
Pavoni & Co is, as Marino says, the perfect place for supper, dinner, brunch or lunch: “We love our community in Longridge, local businesses have supported and worked alongside us to open – the whole town has been positive about our arrival.”
Pavoni & Co
2-4 Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA