Yay! One of our favourite Italian restaurants in Belfast has revealed an exciting new expansion plans. The top floor of Fratelli Belfast on Great Victoria Street has been redeveloped into La Taverna @ Fratelli, a brand-new Italian-style wine bar offering sharing plates in a rustic-themed space complete with a bespoke free standing bar table.

La Taverna will stock more than 100 varieties of Italian wine, and a dedicated kitchen, with signature double pizza oven, will be located in the first-floor space which is accessed from Fratelli Belfast. Diners can enjoy luxury booth and banquette seating at the new venue, which will feature 22 Boar paintings by the renowned County Antrim artist Paul Bell, specially commissioned for La Taverna.

This latest development brings the total spend on the city centre restaurant to more than £750,000 in just under two years, and is part of a programme of expansion that will also be rolled out at the Galgorm Fratelli, with the creation of another ten new jobs as part of an additional £250,000 expansion.

This announcement is hot on the heels of even more exciting news that Tullymore House Ltd confirmed plans to transform a landmark church on Belfast’s Ormeau Road, acquiring the former Holy Rosary church and surrounding land. Music to the ears of this Ormeau native as an upmarket Italian will fit in so well in the neighbourhood. Thank heavens the Ormeau Park is just round the corner so I’ll be able to keep up the steps to counteract the yummy carbfest!

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