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A new restaurant opened last night in Sandersons Boutique at Five Valleys Shopping Centre, offering what it calls 'edible tapestry of homemade Italian food'.

Owners, married couple Matteo Conte and Clara Cardillo, moved to the Cotswolds from Rome eight years ago and quickly got to work building a business doing what they loved, cooking and serving delicious Italian food using recipes and ingredients from their homeland.

The couples latest venture Terra - which means Earth - is said to reference the simple, fresh ingredients they will be using to build their authentic menu.

The restaurant, which is a quarter million-pound investment, launched last night and from today diners will be able to enjoy a beautifully designed, luxurious space mirroring the shopping environment offered by Sandersons Boutique.

Also open for breakfast, diners will be offered a warm Mediterranean welcome with a side of Italian coffee. There will be a dedicated brunch menu on offer every Sunday.

Co-owner Clara Cardillo said: "We couldn't be happier. This space is just what we were looking for. We are very excited to be starting this new venture at Five Valleys.

"Terra is the perfect addition to the shopping centre. We have lots of other food traders which are great as well."

A sample of the Terra menu was on offer on launch night to around 40 guests, with many dishes made using family recipes that have been passed down and loved by three generations, including a signature Tiramisu.

Matteo and Clara also own, and continue to run, with the help of Clara's parents, Patrizia D'Onofrio and Andrea Cardillo, the Non-Solo Pasta unit within the Five Valleys Indoor Market, where they have served their award-winning arancini for the past two years.

The new restaurant is said to have created seven additional full time jobs, with more to come.

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