Aldo's Italian Restaurant has a long history behind it!
The story begins in March 1940 when Aldo Devittoris Senior was born in the Sora province of Lazio, Italy. In his late teens, he qualified as a fornaio e pasticciere professionale - a master baker-confectioner - and on 28 February 1961, just before his 21st birthday, he came to Bradford to join his sister who was already living here, hoping to find work in his chosen trade. Soon his talents were being recognised in the catering industry and towards the end of the 1960s, Aldo was offered the opportunity of a lifetime in that industry.
The offer was of a partnership in a small social club catering for Italian and other foreign students, and Aldo was quick to seize it. He named his bar the Gatto Bianco - the White Cat. By 1969 the Gatto Bianco was a fully-licenced night club and was often frequented by the likes of Peter Stringfellow who, at that time, was a well-known DJ in the area. 1969 was a special year in other ways too. On a trip to France, Aldo met a beautiful young Italian girl called Rocchina whose home village was Rocca d'Evandro in the Italian province of Caserta. It didn't take him long to realise that she was "the one" and within three months of meeting, they were engaged to be married.
In 1970, as husband and wife, they decided to open a small café in Skipton and called it Il Grotino. Then came Café Venezia in Bradford and in 1972 they opened another outlet in Bradford - the Bar Roma Café - which became a major success.
By 1975, Aldo and Rocchina's marriage had been blessed with three children: Aldo Jnr, Deborah and Christian. Four years later, in 1979, Aldo and Rocchina came up with the idea of changing the café into a restaurant and thus the Mamma Mia Pizzeria was born.
By 1989, Aldo and Rocchina had sold the Mamma Mia chain but Aldo decided it was time for one last project - The Ital - and once he had found a suitable building on Bolton Road in Bradford, he forged ahead to turn his idea into a reality, so that, by November of that year, The Ital was welcoming its first customers.
Aldo Junior was, by then, 19 and qualified in both Silver Service and as a chef. So too, a few years later was Christian. And as these four worked together, The Ital established itself as one of the North's finest Italian Restaurants.
In 2001, Aldo and Rocchina decided to retire and hand control of The Ital Restaurant over to Aldo Jnr and Christian. Following a full refurbishment, the Ital went from strength to strength, until disaster struck in September 2016 when an arson attack meant it had to be closed.
Now, however, the old business has risen from the ashes - albeit with a new name and in a new location. So, here in Greengates, Aldo Jnr and the rest of the Devittoris family look forward to continuing to give the satisfying and enjoyable dining experience to which their discerning customers have come to expect over the many years past.