An Italian Waterway in Scotland
Set in a long stone building with huge wooden shutters over windows which give a view of the canal alongside, is where you'll find this little piece of Italy in Scotland.
Just north of the town centre of Falkirk is a beautifully furnished, stylish canal-side restaurant serving up an authentic taste of this part of the Mediterranean.
It may not be quite the waterways of Venice, but it's the next best thing.
Polished & Cosy
Carefully refurbished and brought up to date, Gambero Rosso Italian restaurant sits inside an old building which was once a boat house, fruit market, garage and a bar before becoming the stunning venue it is today.
Step inside in the virtual tour and the rich, wood floors, ceiling beams, stone walls and glass light-shades make for a polished setting. A large open reception area with huge mirrors and a grand piano greets you as you enter by the large glass front door. Behind is a spacious waiting area of deep brown sofas and wood burning stove offering a welcoming space for guests to sit and relax while waiting for a table.
Two levels of restaurant seating lie beyond. For those who enjoy ultra-relaxed, booth-type dining, a line of tables at the far end of the room provide U-shaped leather seating where friends and family can cosy up to eat.
Large, arched windows give a clear view of the canal and lock outside, with the paved area running alongside the building providing a popular open air and water-side space in which to sit during warmer months.
Like many modern diners, we love a restaurant where you can watch your meals being created. Embracing the trend of an open kitchen, Gambero Rosso has a wide window through which can you see the chefs hard at work in their gleaming stainless steel domain.
Next to this, a long, chocolate-hued leather and timber bar runs the remaining length of the room; the shelves behind loaded with rows of bottles of wines and spirits.
Inspired by the home cooking of his mother during his childhood in Cassino, Italy, owner Antonio is a firm believer in using only the finest and freshest food ingredients. The Gambero Rosso menu includes pure Aberdeen Angus beef, and speciality fish including scallops, calamari, monkfish and sea bream.
With over 35 years in the catering industry, working at a number of reputable restaurants which have given him invaluable experience to add to his natural culinary flair, Antonio, along with wife Susan, dishes up an exciting dining experience to lovers of Italian cuisine.
After a delicious dinner, with perhaps a parting shot or two of limoncello to see you on your way, you can enjoy a wander along the waterway to help your meal go down.
Find Gambero Rosso at 1 Burnbank Road, Falkirk, Scotland FK2 7PE. Tel 01324 613311. Look them up on the web at gamberorossofalkirk.com
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Date: 10 March 2016
Author: The 360 Company