Since moving to London over 10 years ago, Cristian Nocco has worked in restaurants. He’s always been in love with his job, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise because all his family are in the trade too. Starting as a kitchen porter, then waiter, then training as a pizza chef and finally – aged 22 – he became a partner in several north London Italian restaurants. Now a restaurateur himself, many of his customers have become his closest friends. He met his wife, Lara, when she came into one of his restaurants with her college friends and now they have a beautiful daughter.
When Lara and Cristian discovered that the vacant space next to their Due Sardi pizzeria, was available, they just had to fulfil their dream. The name of the new venture says it all: Amici Miei – my friends. They’ve created a space where customers can feel relaxed, enjoy company as if they were in their own kitchen, eat simple but delicious food. After all, Shoreditch was crying out for authentic Italian home cooking….