New city store forces move for restaurant

Francesca and Paul at Casa Rastelli
Francesca and Paul at Casa Rastelli

Popular Lancaster cafe Casa Rastelli has been relocated and revamped just a few metres away from its original base in Market Gate Shopping Centre.

The Italian style cafe closed in July to make way for the new Primark development, but has now moved into the former Toni and Guy shop just across the covered shopping centre square.

Cafe owners Paul and Francesca Rastelli-Lewis said it was a good opportunity to accommodate their rapidly expanding customer base.

The café’s new home boasts two floors, enabling it to offer private venue hire and host tasting evenings.

It will also offer take away food and drink to eat elsewhere, with breakfast and lunch orders can be made on a collection basis.

Francesca said: “We are committed and very excited to bring a true taste of Italy to Lancaster and offer people an authentic experience.

“Our dishes are created true to the Italian methods and only use the finest ingredients we can possibly source.

“We are sure people are going to love the new Casa Rastelli.”

The cafe prides itself on offering Venetian cuisine –Cicchetti – one of Rastelli’s best-kept secrets.

Cicchetti are a miniature versions of popular Italian dishes that are highly-favoured in Venice, as well as other areas of Italy where they are often served as an aperitif.

Francesca and Paul said they look forward to welcoming customers both new and old for freshly-ground coffee, Italian wine, cakes, pastries, lunches and more at their new home. The father and daughter duo also run other eateries in Lancaster.

The family business is in charge of Nice Bar at The Storey, in Meeting House Lane, and also at Nice@The Castle.