Coningsby

Top chef brings a modern slice of Italy to Lincolnshire villagers

A top chef who has worked with Gordon Ramsay is hoping to bring a modern slice of Italian food to a Lincolnshire village.

Puccinis, based on Silver Street in Coningsby, has a new local man at the helm in Aaron Ashmore who has big plans for the restaurant.

The 28-year-old was a MasterChef semi-finalist in 2012 before going onto work at various Michelin star restaurants in London.

The food looks delicious. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The melting chocolate tiramisu. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Tagliatelle with pancetta and crispy shallots. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Now he has fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant and wants to bring “simple but tasty” food to the table in a relaxed atmosphere.

Aaron took over management of the restaurant in November after the previous owners renovated a former cafe into what is now Puccinis.

Puccinis is now open in Coningsby. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

They have done a great job with the restoration. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Aaron has worked with top chefs in London. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Aaron told The Lincolnite: “I think my training has given me the best of both worlds. I know how to make really high-quality food but I also know how to keep the prices low.

“We make the pasta, bread, and desserts all fresh on site. I also get all of the vegetables from a local shop around the corner and we get our meat from a farm 30 minutes away.”

The restaurant is open from 5pm to 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays. It’s also open from 12pm to 9.30pm on Saturday and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.

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