Oro is the new Bella Napoli in Shawlands

Domenico Crolla beside his gold leaf pizza oven
Domenico Crolla beside his gold leaf pizza oven

Southside restaurateur Domenico Crolla is proving he’s the man with the midas touch by changing the name of his famous Bella Napoli restaurant to ORO.

The end of this month will see the birth of ORO (gold in Italian) in Shawlands which Domenico claims will set the gold standard in Italian food in Scotland - and allow him to grow his family business around the world.

Award winning pizza and pasta chef Domenico, who has hit the headlines around the globe with his pizza portraits and use of gold leaf in his cooking admits he’s sad to say goodbye to the old name but he believes time has moved on from when he and his father first opened the doors there in 2001.

He explained: “Bella Napoli has moved on. It’s not Bella Napoli anymore. My dad created Bella Napoli as a cafe and now it has become a generic name and I can’t really grow with it. There is a Bella Napoli in every city in the UK and people sometimes post photos online of places in Brazil with the same name. I’ve got plans to expand and I’ve always been told change the name so I’ve come up with ORO which is reasonably unique and fitting for us. It suits our use of gold in the restaurant and in a world where every one is media savvy but can’t always spell, ORO works.”

ORO truly reflects the quality ambience of the 160 seater restaurant as well as the interior decor, which incorporates the world’s first and only gold leaf covered pizza oven!

Domenico admits he loves a bit of bling but he’s more inclined to stress the importance of having a gold standard when it comes to choosing ingredients.

He said: “Gold plays a large part in our interior design and of course we use some gold leaf in pizza toppings and other dishes but the name choice is more because our food is to a gold standard.

The difference is our ingredients. Our chefs are brilliant but I do the buying of ingredients like the chicken and veal so I can guarantee the quality of our meat and that it’s additive free.

ORO is my baby and I eat here, and my children and family eat here. If it’s good for my family it’s good for your family. That’s the definition of a family restaurant.”

To welcome the name change, Domenico is also hosting an extra special dining experience on March 23 with Scots Masterchef winner Gary Maclean who will be offering his own twist on traditional Italian dishes.

Domenico said: “I watched Gary on Masterchef and wondered what a guy like him would do if I had him in the kitchen for a night in ORO.

“We’ve not had a guest chef before and I’m surprised by the reaction we’ve had already. We will offer a five or six course tasting menu at 7pm for £48 and we have tables of four, five, and six now available as our tables of two have all sold out. If it goes well we’ll do it more often with some globally renowned chefs. I’ve given Gary a challenge to show me something different that will beat our already high standards.”

To book a table on the night contact: http://ow.ly/yBhY308yQuR