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This mega foodie empire, comprising 3 separate venues on and around Piazza Augusto Imperatore, includes an open-plan restaurant, pizzeria, osteria, wine bar, cheese shop and gourmet grocer. It is something of a designer showpiece - exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings, marble top tables and industrial style lighting. The emphasis at the upstairs relaxed restaurant is on Mediterranean cuisine with Eastern influences and the lively pizzeria downstairs attracts a young and funky crowd. Live jazz takes place in the cosy wine bar and there is also an extremely well-stocked shop selling kitchenware and cookery books. Join the crowds at lunchtime and enjoy 6 italian mezze-style plates for €10, and return at 'happy hour' and exchange €10 for a glass of vino and a range of italian tapas.

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