Paolo bringing a taste of Italy back to Borders with new restaurant

A Galashiels restaurateur is hoping there’ll be love in the air this Valentine’s Day as he prepares to open his new premises.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 11:37 am
Paolo Crolla at Paolo's Italian in Galashiels.

Paolo Crolla’s new restaurant, Paolo’s Italian, opens at 11 Market Street today, just in time for the obligatory date night that is February 14.

The new eatery’s opening follows the closure of the old Paolo’s Italian premises in July after four years in the town’s Overhaugh Street.

“This new premises offers more space,“ Paolo said.

“I closed the old restaurant in July and took on this new space, which used to be the Borders Food Hall. I started work on it in October and have spent the last few months doing it up. Its design was all created by myself, and I’m happy with how it turned out.”

The refurbished space offers dining space for up to 90 guests, and the new eatery boasts extended opening hours to include breakfasts, coffee all day, evening meals and takeaway food.

Diners can enjoy the sights and smells of a new open-plan kitchen, as well as new café concept Paolo’s Deli and Coffee Bar within the same premises.

Paolo, whose parents are Italian and own Crolla’s fish-and-chip shop in Galashiels High Street, was born in Edinburgh but says Italian cuisine has always been his passion.

“I go back to Italy every year,” he said. “I love Italian food.

“Being an Italian restaurant, people may think it will only appeal to people who love that food, but we will offer a real mix, with lots of Scottish fare and favourites like haggis and fish and chips on the menu too.”

“You will be assured of experiencing quality and service unrivalled in the area and further.

“Currently we are non-alcohol licensed, but you are welcome to bring your own bottle, which our staff will be glad to decant, chill and serve.”

Paolo’s Italian, which employs five full and part-time staff, serves breakfast from 8am to 11am, lunch from noon to 5pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm.

Its deli is open all day.