Jul 26, 2019

New Summer Specialita Dello Chef

NEW Summer Special

Discover our new mouthwatering pizzette alla carbonara this summer.  Made in with a classic carbonara sauce, pancetta, and mushrooms, we love this so much that we will donate £1 on your behalf to support The Christie for every pizzette alla carbonara sold this summer.

Summer Party


On Sunday 25th August we are transforming our garden space at Pesto at the Davenport Arms to host a summer extravaganza supporting The Christie

We are working hard to make sure this a spectacular afternoon, with traditional carnival games, hog roast, charity raffle, pop-up bars and loads more.

The day will finish with a live performance from Belle Voci, finalists on The Voice UK 2018.   Fresh from singing the national anthem to a packed Wembley stadium at this years FA Cup Final, Belle Voci will be performing their cross over opera style, mixing classical Italian opera with modern hits.

Free entry no tickets are required!

The Christie Reg Charity Number 1049751

Feb 16, 2018

Easter at Pesto

We’re getting egg-cited as we head to towards the Easter break, and we’re sure you are too! If you’re looking for something to do, why not head over with kids and try out our new children’s menu and share a piattini or three?

We’ve got a set menu for the grown-ups from £8.95 per person for three piattinis, and a brilliant children’s menu with added colouring sheets and crayons (to keep them occupied) from just £4.95.
It's Easter!
We look forward to welcoming you and your little ones during the Easter break!

Check out our locations here.

Treat the lady in your life

Treat the lady in your life this Mother’s Day. Show her that you really care by sharing a piattini or two at your local Pesto Restaurant. With great offers, such as £8.95 for three dishes, or *afternoon tea from just £12.95 per person it’s a no-brainer this Mum’s Day! Book early to avoid disappointment.

*Must be booked 24 hours in advance.
Afternoon tea for two!

Happy double-birthday to Pesto at The Dicconson Arms, and Sutton Coldfield!

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but our Pesto at the Dicconson Arms restaurant, in Wigan, reaches the grand age of three years old on the 4th March, AND our Pesto at Sutton Coldfield is four years old on 28th March. A month of birthday celebrations!three Happy birthday to us!

We hope you will come along and help us to celebrate. Perhaps this is the perfect excuse for you to book that afternoon tea treat that you’ve been promising yourself, or perhaps you want to pop in for our *lunch menu of three piattinis for 8.95/10.95.

We look forward to seeing you on our birthday!

Book for the *Dicconson Arms on 01257 252 733 and
** Pesto at Sutton Coldfield on 0121 329 3203

*Lunch menu available at The Dicconson on Monday – Friday, 12pm til 7pm Saturday & Sunday 12pm til 4pm 
Lunch menu available Monday – Friday 12pm til 7pm Saturday 12pm til 4pm

Feb 02, 2018

Pesto Restaurants Appoints Operations Director

Successful Italian restaurants group, Pesto Restaurants, has appointed Darren Traynor as its new Operations Director.

The married, father-of-two comes, from his previous role as Operations Manager at Greene King, where he spent two years. Darren has more than 28 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having started his career running his own bars and late-night venues in Wigan. He then joined Luminar Leisure and quickly rose through the ranks to his first senior operations role when he was 30.

Darren Traynor outside of Cabbage Hall

Darren Traynor outside of Cabbage Hall

Previous career highlights include Head of Operations for The Living Room Bar and Restaurants, Operations Director for The Orchid Group and Divisional Director at Premium Bars and Restaurants.

Darren said: ‘I am delighted to have been asked to join the team at Pesto. They have already built a fantastic restaurant business and my focus will be to a work with the team to evolve and develop the brand to create a people focused culture and deliver industry leading food, hospitality and future growth.

The team at Pesto are passionate about delivering great Italian food in a relaxed dining environment. This is the perfect time to be joining one of the UK’s best privately-owned restaurant businesses. With more restaurant openings planned, this is an exciting time to join a dynamic growing family business.’

The privately-owned Italian restaurant company now has 10 sites. It features open fires, cask ales and a stunning outdoor dining area complete with resident doves.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or piattini, Pesto boasts more than 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving a true taste of little Italy, dishes include Spiedini di pollo – a skewer of marinated chicken breast wrapped in fine cured ham, sealed and baked in the oven, also and Polpette di manzo – deliciously spicy meatballs.

Offering a main, day time and afternoon tea menu, the restaurant is an ideal location for all occasions.

For a complete list of Pesto’s restaurants, please see www.pestorestaurants.co.uk for update and news.

Jan 29, 2018

Dicconson Arms welcomes new General Manager, Eddie!

Italian restaurant, Pesto at The Dicconson Arms at Appley Bridge in Wigan, has appointed Edward Woodhouse as General Manager.Eddie Woodhouse - new manager at Dicconson Arms

Eddie has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having started his career at 16 and quickly rising through the ranks to his first management role when he was just 20.

Eddie said: ‘Pesto at the Dicconson Arms is a fantastic restaurant, it’s a real meeting hub for the local community. I’m really looking forward to getting to know our patrons and developing the community feel further.’

‘The restaurant is just stunning. It’s a beautiful building, in a fantastic location and we take pride in making sure every guest has the best experience they can. If they’re happy, then I’m happy!’

Eddie’s interests outside of Pesto include cycling, walking his chocolate Labrador, cookery, and fine wines. Eddie also admits to enjoying unusual exercise sessions, such as Glofit and hot yoga.

Pesto at The Dicconson is based at the heart of the community and offers elegant dining in a cosy setting. The privately-owned Italian restaurant company now has ten sites. It features open fires, cask ales and gorgeous settings.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or piattini, Pesto boasts more than 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving an authentic taste of little Italy, dishes include Spiedini di Pollo – a skewer of marinated chicken breast wrapped in fine cured ham, sealed and baked in the oven, also and Polpette di Manzo – deliciously spicy meatballs.

The restaurant is an ideal location for all occasions, offering a main, daytime and afternoon tea menu,

For bookings, please call 0121 329 3203. Pesto at Dicconson Arms, 206 Appley Lane North, Wigan, WN6 9DY

Jan 25, 2018

Pesto Restaurants Joins ‘One Less Straw’ Pledge

One Less Straw pledge

Pesto Restaurants has stopped automatically putting plastic straws in drinks, to help put an end to the ‘wasteful’ practice.

The restaurant will only serve straws upon request in a bid to help reduce the number of plastic straws entering landfill or making their way into the world’s oceans each year.

The announcement comes as a wider campaign known as One Less Straw gathers pace. It aims to reduce the use of plastic straws which are thought to take up to 500 years to decompose.

Owner, Sara Gatt, said: ‘I’m passionate about the environment and I am hopeful, that by ceasing to automatically offer plastic straws, we can do our small part in helping to future-proof our oceans and environment. It’s a simple gesture that could make a huge difference, and I hope that fellow restaurants will follow in our footsteps.”

The Plastic Pollution Coalition which backs the campaign says more than 500 million single-use plastic straws are used each day in the US alone.

Jan 19, 2018

Pesto Owners Tie The Knot!

Pesto Restaurant owners, Neil Gatt and Sara Edwards, have taken the plunge and tied the knot on an island in the Bahamas, which is famed for its white sandy beaches and wild pigs.

Neil and Sara Tie The Knot Web

Neil and Sara Tie The Knot

The couple made their vows on the beautiful Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, surrounded by close friends and family members.

Neil and Sara met in Manchester, some 18 years ago. Since that moment they have been inseparable in business and in pleasure. Their latest passion outside of Pesto is sailing and taking in the sights of the world together.

Several months before the wedding, in true romantic style, Neil embarked on a hero’s quest to find the perfect location for the wedding. When he sailed into the islands, he knew immediately that Sara would love the setting.

The couple enjoyed their honeymoon aboard their sailing boat around the Bahamas.

Pesto Italian Restaurants is the creation of Neil and Sara, the company’s owners. With a passion for food, they have been involved in retail hospitality since their teens, building their careers around the casual dining sector, delivering great food and hospitality at sensible prices.

Neil and Sara opened their first Pesto restaurant in 2006 in Manchester. A year after this they opened their second Pesto in The Great Hall, Trafford Centre. Pesto now has ten restaurants nationwide at a variety of locations with more in the pipeline for early this year.

See www.pestorestaurants.co.uk for updates and news.

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… enjoy your meal!
*Not available for parties of 8 or more.

*Not available for parties of 8 or more.

£19.99 for two to dine with wine!