Feb 16, 2016

Say chin chin to win with our amateur wine taster competition!

Do you know your Chianti from your Barolo?! In partnership with specialist Italian wine supplier Continental Wines, we’ve launched a search for the best amateur wine taster amongst our customers!

Our ‘Perfect Palate’ challenge, launched from National Drink Wine Day on February 18th (as if we needed an excuse!), hopes to find out if any of our customers potentially have the skills of a top sommelier.

To enter – all you need to do is complete one of our ‘wine note’ entry forms which will be given out to anyone when you order any bottle of wine at the restaurant anytime from February 18th until March 20th and give a full analysis of the wine you enjoy on your visit to Pesto, including any special aromas and flavours you notice.

Manager Laura Shannon comments: “National Wine Day is the ideal day to launch our search for the ‘Perfect Palate’ as we ask our customers to really study their choice of wine while they sip. We look forward to finding out if any of our customers have been bottling up a special talent for wine tasting!”

The completed wine notes will then be analysed by a Continental wine expert who will judge who has the ‘Perfect Palate’ from all entries, with the winner receiving a case of the wine they analysed – which could be up to the value of £300.

Gaetano Alfano of Continental Wine adds: “Our palate has a very complex combination of our four senses: smell, sight, feel and, of course, taste, and it can be very subjective to people’s own sensitivities. It will be really interesting to see what nuances and different dimensions our amateur oeniphiles that enter pick out from our wines.”

If you think you have what it takes to be awarded the grape-est palate then just ask for a form to complete when you visit any Pesto restaurant (excluding Trafford Centre) from 18th February until 20th March.

Terms and conditions: Only completed entries handed in by March 20th will be entered into the competition. The judges decision is final. The winner will win a case of the wine they analysed on their winning entry and will be decided in early April once all entries have been received and analysed. The winner will be contacted by Pesto and will need to pick up their prize from their nearest Pesto restaurant.

Jan 18, 2016

Can you ‘Make Us Laugh’?!

Have you got a funny bone? We’re looking for customers with the best comic timing to drop in to your nearest Pesto restaurant and take part in a “make us laugh” challenge.

As it’s Global Belly Laugh Day on 24 January,we want you to tell a member of staff your best jokes when you dine with us from 24th-31st January for the chance to in a meal for two people.*

General manager of Pesto at the Dicconson Arms Natelle Scott comments: “Laughing is good for you – so we thought it would be a bit of fun to see which of our customers can make us laugh the most with their one liners.

“It’s usually our job to keep our guests entertained but we’re all looking forward to seeing which of our good-humoured guests can make us crack a grin!”

If you think you have what it takes all you need to do is drop into Pesto between the 24th to 31st January and tell your best gag to a member of staff leaving your contact details (no laughing matter but appropriate jokes only please!).

A maximum of three customers at each Pesto restaurant will be chosen by each team and put into a prize draw. The winner chosen to have the best joke, will win a meal for two people at their local Pesto restaurant.

We’re helping to inspire you with some food and wine themed jokes of our own right here!

Q: Where did the spaghetti go to dance? A: The meat ball!

Q: Why Did The Tomato Blush? A: Because he saw the salad dressing

Q: What does an aardvark like on its pizza? A: Ant-chovies

Q: What did the grape say when he got stepped on? A: He let out a little wine.

*Terms and conditions: Joke entries to be received by a member of staff between 24 and 31 January 10pm to be entered into the competition. Diner must give a contact phone number/email address to be entered into the competition. Prize is a meal for two up to the value of £40 on food only. Winner will be contacted by Pesto by 7 February and meal must be booked through the Pesto marketing team to be valid. The prize must be accepted as offered. No cash alternatives and the prize is not transferable. The Promoter’s (Pesto Restaurants) decision on the winning joke is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner agrees to the Promoter using their names and comments in publicity including, but not limited to the Promoter’s external website, social media pages, local press or within promotional emails.

Valentine’s Day at Pesto!

Valentine’s Day 2016

Planning your romantic Valentine’s evening with that special someone? Enjoy our regular piattini menu at Pesto over Valentine’s weekend with authentic Italian dishes from just £4 to savour and share.

For more information or to book a table contact your nearest Pesto restaurant here


Dec 01, 2015

Wear a Christmas Jumper and send us an ‘ELFIE’ for your chance to win


Group Of Female Friends Enjoying Christmas Drinks In Bar

Here at Pesto we’re supporting Radio City’s Mission Christmas appeal. We’ll be participating in their Christmas Jumper day to help make Christmas special for disadvantaged local children.

Join in the fun and do your bit by wearing a festive knit on Friday 11th December and Friday 18th December at Pesto for the chance to win a 5 pieces Meyer Circulon cookware set worth over £250.

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Simply send us a picture (an ELFIE!) of you wearing a Christmas jumper at Pesto on 11th December or 18th December to be in with a chance of winning!

Send your ‘festive jumper ELFIE’ pic to selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk or charity@pestorestaurants.com

To donate £1 on the day just text ‘CITY £1’ to 70808

Only pictures received by Pesto on Friday 11th December and Friday 18th December by midnight will be deemed valid.

Nov 10, 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015 at Pesto Widnes

widnesEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and live music with swing singer Ryan Grant and bring in 2016 in style!

Tickets are just £40 and include a fabulous Pesto dinner, entertainment and your table for the evening.

With only limited tickets available, booking is strictly in advance only. NOW SOLD OUT

Click here to view our special New Year’s Eve menu

For more information on Pesto Restaurant in Widnes including a map and address details, click here.

Nov 05, 2015

Out with the old…

We’ve recently given our menu a make-over and are delighted to announce the arrival of some sparkling new dishes (and the revival of an old favourite) – just in time for Christmas!

We’ve brought back Penne con pollo al dragoncello due to popular demand. This beautiful chicken and penne pasta dish with fresh tarragon, lemon zest, mascarpone and pecorino cheese is the perfect comfort food for cold winter afternoons.

Our polenta chips have also had a make-over. Now with rosemary and Gran Moravia cheese and served with two dips, they’re tastier than ever. They’re a firm favourite with our customers on TripAdvisor – and we think you’ll love them even more now (we know we do!).


Our brand new Insalata Toscana has been inspired by all you health-conscious connoisseurs. Featuring some super-food ingredients including spinach, rocket, cannellini beans, tuna, avocado, olives and red onion – it’s sure to be a winner.

We know that one of the top choices amongst pizza-lovers in the UK is a spicy pizza so our new Pizzette piccante con salsiccia combines spicy Italian sausage and jalapeno peppers to get your taste-buds twinkling!

Our new Parmigiano e ricotta ravioli con pesto e pomodori secchi is full of flavour. The parmesan and ricotta filled ravioli are mixed with sun-dried tomatoes and one of our favourite ingredients, pesto (of course!), to create this deliciously moreish dish.

We have also added a new risotto dish combining the delicate flavours of roasted peppers with creamy goat’s cheese in our Risotto di formaggio di capra e peperoni arrostiti.


Finally our dolcelatte sauce as featured on our Bruschetta Funghi is so popular amongst customers we’ve decided to create a pasta dish with it too. Our Tagliatelle con salsa di funghi e dolcelatte tosses tagliatelle and mushrooms in our creamy dolcelatte sauce. Yum!

To view our new menu click here.

Oct 26, 2015

‘Tis the season for giving!

Christmas gift boxes

Food as good as ours was made for sharing!

Why not buy a gift voucher for your loved ones? You can purchase them in any amount you like.

Simply visit one of our restaurants to purchase a gift voucher for a meal or even an afternoon tea for two! The choice is yours!

Oct 20, 2015

Pesto Widnes is hosting a spooky bake off for bake a wish!

Pesto Widnes is ensuring fundraising is a piece of cake by organising a special Hallowe’en weekend event in aid of a national children’s charity.

The team at Pesto restaurant on Birchfield Road are holding a Bake-A-Wish morning on Friday 30th October between 10am and 12pm where customers can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee plus homemade cakes in return for donations to the charity.

Staff are busy channelling the Great British Bake Off and are set to make spooky themed cupcakes, fairy cakes and more as they try to raise money for Make-A-Wish, the charity that grants magical wishes for children across the UK.

Cupcakes decorated

Deputy Manager and amateur baker Andi Edwards comments: “Everyone loves cake so the team are getting their mixing bowls ready to bake some sweet treats in return for donations to this worthy cause.”

“Everyone is welcome to drop in and we look forward to the team, residents and local community all enjoying a cake – or two! – together.”

Make-A-Wish rely on donations to help transform the lives of children across the UK and have granted over 9,000 magical wishes over the past 26 years.

Pesto is situated on 217 Birchfield Road, Widnes WA8 9AH and customers can book by calling 0151 424 3729.

Oct 07, 2015

Don’t get the baby shower blues!

Here at Pesto we love a party! What better excuse could there be than an exciting new arrival to get together?

The baby shower boom has seen us spending a whopping £220 million every year on these lavish events. However, we think you needn’t spend a fortune to have a beautiful party.

Here at Pesto we’ve found some fantastic ideas on how to throw a fabulous (and affordable!) baby shower. We love popsugar.com and their ‘36 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine’ article.

Here are our three favorites to help you plan your very own baby shower.

1.Digital Invites
Save money (and trees!) by using online services like Pingg or Paperless Post for your baby shower invites. These fantastic tools have a range of amazing digital templates that are really simple to edit and personalise. We love the quirky digital envelopes and handy RSVPs for your guests.

It’s not a wedding! You don’t need an expensive band or act to have a great time. Play games like guessing how big the baby bump is using ribbons. There are plenty of fun and memorable games you can play with just paper and pens.

3.Try a Breakfast Baby Shower!
Who says your baby shower has be to in the afternoon? Throw a breakfast baby shower. It’s a great way to start the day. Your venue will be quieter (and probably more child-friendly) giving you peace to relax with your friends. With Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge, now opening at 10.30am now is the perfect time to book your breakfast baby shower!

Have we inspired you to throw a baby shower of your own? Here at Pesto we’re happy to help. We have eight stunning locations, including Appley Bridge, Tarporley and Sutton Coldfield, where you could hold your perfect party. Contact us today for more information.

The story behind Moretti

Here at Pesto we love traditional beers. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about one of our favourite authentic Italian beers, Moretti.

Luigi Moretti started his factory over a century ago in Udine. Udine was know for it’s generations of hard-working craftsman.

Moretti came from a family of wealthy merchants who sold wine, spirits and even beer! With that knowledge behind him he built the brand we know and love today.

Moretti Label

The Moretti label has a story of it’s own. Luigi Moretti’s nephew saw a man drinking a Moretti at a restaurant in Udine. Moretti’s nephew thought that this man embodied the values of the beer; authenticity, tradition and genuineness. Mr Moretti gave the man another beer in exchange for taking his photo. This image has been on every bottle ever since.

We love the story behind the Moretti label and Moretti’s commitment to authenticity!
Find out more.

Why not try a bottle or a pint at your local Pesto today?