WHEN brothers Alberto and Timmy Lleshi were looking for the perfect location for their restaurant, they looked no further than Colchester.
Now, with more than two decades in the hospitality trade under their belts separately, they are bringing their combined experience to the town having opened their first venue together.
Osteria Veneziana has recently opened its doors in the town’s St Botolph’s Street with a clear vision of what Alberto and Timmy want to bring to food enthusiasts.
And their starting point was good quality Italian dishes with traditional English flavour also running alongside it.
Alberto explains he and Timmy are of Italian and Albanian heritage, but have been living and working in England a number of years and very much call it home.
“We are originally from Italy, with an Albanian background as well, but we came here at a very young age and stayed,” he adds.
They said Colchester immediately appealed to them when looking for the right position for their new premises.
“We liked Colchester straight away and then the premises in St Botolph’s Street came up and we knew it was meant to be.