A well-established Italian restaurant in Horwich is going back to its roots with a complete makeover.

Rocco’s Italian Restaurant on Chorley New Road has been in the area for 30 years and was previously known as Leo’s.

Owner and manager Albi Nusgalliu took charge of the eaterie in July and have done work to modernise it and give it a new identity.

Albi Nusgalliu said: “Since taking over the place, me and my husband have wanted to make the place look different and give it a new face.

“We will get new decorations to make it a bit more modern and build our identity into the restaurant.”

One of the bigbest changes for the restaurant is reverting its name back to Leo’s, which many residents were used to before it was altered around six years ago.

The Bolton News: Inside the restaurant currentlyInside the restaurant currently (Image: Public)

Albi said: “I have chatted with many of the customers about the name, which was there for quite a while.

“We hope that the refurbishment will help people feel more comfortable.”

Rocco’s will be closed during the refurbishment from Monday, November 21, with plans to relaunch around a week later on November 28.

Albi added: “We are really excited, but it’s going to be very intense and a major project, especially trying to meet the deadline for Christmas.

“It will make the place look fresh though and it will definitely be for the better.

“I really think everything is going to be great after the refurbishment.”

Things have already started to take shape, with most of the furniture already taken care of.

The family-run restaurant is situated close to Horwich town centre.

And Albi says that she loves her job most because of her passion for delicious food, and of course because of the customers.

She added: “The experience is also reflected in the reviews.

“Even in the restaurant they are happy with the food, and I really enjoy connecting with customers, who are mostly local.

“We always want to try and improve when we can too though.”

Albi also says that it is the “energy” of the customers that keeps them going, which she is grateful for.

Residents can place bookings now before the closing date by calling the restaurant on 01204 667 286.

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