Nero a Metà is a place to enjoy regional Italian food made with passion. Owner Rosario Sartore - of Locanda de Gusti and Pizzeria 1926– introduces dishes with influences from northern and southern Italy to the menu at Nero a Metà.
Bringing their regional expertise to the kitchen are chefs Lorenzo Nicolini and Giuseppe Magrone.
Lorenzo was born in a small town in Lombardy, and from a young age he was helping his granny and mum cook for the family at home, and that’s where he developed his passion for food.
Seeing people smiling and chatting over food on a table is always what makes me happy.
Whilst attending hospitality and catering school, Lorenzo worked in local restaurants learning the basics of Italian cooking, before moving to Ireland at the age of 19 and then to Edinburgh a year later. He met Rosario, and joined the team at Locanda de Gusti where he learned that it's possible to prepare traditional Italian food using vegetables, fish and meat from Scotland.
Giuseppe was born in the small village of Andria in Puglia. His childhood was surrounded by food and he remembers his granny preparing fresh pasta for the large family of 10 children and 30 grandchildren. Inspired by his grandmother’s love of cooking, and an uncle who was a chef, Giuseppe decided to study at catering school. His passion for food, also extends to travel and he has worked on the Tuscan island of Elba, northern Italy, Madrid and Switzerland before settling in Edinburgh 15 year ago.
I love everything about Edinburgh so I decided to stay. There’s so much amazing produce in Scotland that can be mixed with the Italian way of cooking. And that’s exactly what we are bringing to Nero.