Take a look inside the new look Italian restaurant which is set to reopen after a kitchen fire caused £25,000 of damage.

Impasto in St Swithin's Street will welcome customers back on Tuesday, November 2 having been closed for four months following the devastating fire.

The restaurant had only been opened six months before they were forced to close and completely refit the restaurant.

It now has a clay pizza oven, extended seating and extended marble worktops for the chefs.

Owner Adam Giangnotti said foodies are excited at the restaurant's return so they can enjoy Impasto's pizza by the slice, fresh pasta and Italian tapas.

Mr Giangnotti, who also runs Olive Branch, said: "We had built up a really good reputation with lots of customers saying we had the best pizza and pasta.

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"It's been very hard work to get the restaurant ready to reopen and we are very excited to finally be able to open our doors.

"We've had a good response to the announcement with lots of good things on social media from people saying they are looking forward to it reopening."

Impasto has been closed since the fire in the pizza oven surround on Thursday, July 8.

Mr Giangnotti said: "The kitchen fire was in the pizza oven surround and caused probably £25,000 worth of damage.

"That afternoon a chef came running into our other restaurant Olive Branch saying smoke was coming out of the oven.

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"When we undid it then the flames came out.

"We learned from that but the new oven, the difference is it is a clay oven so very different from other ovens.

"We had been open for about six months and in the covid era we were just offering take outs.

"We are very excited to reopen and are trying to find more staff.

"We managed to put most of the staff in the Olive Branch but a few had to go home to their country."

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Impasto is looking for three to four new staff members and people are asked to bring in CVs to Olive Branch in Church Street, Worcester.

"We're looking for keen, enthusiastic people we can put through training.

"Everything at Impasto is made to order in house even the pasta is made from scratch.

"We will even be offering fresh pasta to cook at home and different types such as beetroot, squid ink and charcoal.

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"It's a bit more casual than our other restaurant and is a place where people can nip in for a slice of pizza or a drink.

"We are offering telephone booking too at both of our restaurants because we prefer to be able to talk to people and get to know our customers."

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