Amerigo Vespucci is offering plenty of risotto and pasta dishes on its festive menu this year, alongside seasonal cocktails.

The family run business is headed up by brothers Mark and Jon Gurrieri who will both be busy throughout December – but will get a week off celebrating with their family from December 25.

Mark said: “For Christmas we have our Gnocchi Ripieni, which is filled with tomato and basil.

“Then for drinks we have raspberry Mojitos and Christmas Bellinis.

Amerigo Vespucci at Christmas

“The good thing with the Christmas menu as well is you don’t have to pre-book like at many places – you can just come in and order.

“As we are a family-run business and Christmas is all about family we feel it’s nice to be able to come here and get that feeling while having a traditional Italian meal.”

The restaurant is booked up for parties already but is still welcoming customers for dinner and drinks.