WORK has begun at a popular Italian restaurant which had to close its doors after a kitchen fire.

Customers were saddened to see that the fire had forced Impasto in St Swithin's Street to shut.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the fire at the start of July but it did leave the restaurant unable to open.

Work is now being carried out to get the restaurant back open and serving its pizza and handmade pasta dishes.

Owner Adam Giangnotti was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Worcester News.

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However, a staff member said it was unlikely to be reopened before the end of the month.

Mr Giangnotti also owns the Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro and Wine on Church Street.

A message was posted on the Impasto Facebook page on Friday, July 9 which read:

"Yesterday, we had a kitchen fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt but it does mean that, unfortunately, Impasto will be closed until further notice.

"We hope to be back up and running very soon - so keep an eye out for updates.

"Our other restaurant, The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar, is open as usual.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far."

Impasto only opened its doors back in February but has fast become a favourite with Worcester foodies.

It has received a coveted five stars on TripAdvisor with over 200 reviews.