TWO young brothers have taken on Knutsford’s bustling restaurant scene with Italian-inspired restaurant ‘The Yard’.

Ettorino Sciarillo, 24, and his brother Mario, 21, have opened their second establishment following the success of its award-winning sister restaurant in Chester, which they have ran for two years.

The pair, who are of Italian descent, pride themselves on serving ‘not-tradititional’ Italian food and told the Guardian that they ‘snapped up’ the opportunity to open a place in Knutsford,

Ettorino said: “We have always wanted to open another in Cheshire, so when Knutsford came up we snapped it up so quickly.

“Knutsford is in the centre of everything. The restaurant is already doing really well, we are doing a lot better than expected.”

The brothers are hands-on in running the restaurant, although neither of them actually cook the Italian-inspired menu. Instead they have hired in Gordon Ramsay’s former number two chef, Carl Noller, to head up the King Street restaurant.

The menu is inspired by Italian food but does not follow tradition, and customers can expect not to find garlic bread and pizza on the menu but ‘twisted’ dishes such as Pig’s Cheek Carbonara and dishes made with venison from Tatton Estate.

Ettorino, a qualified quantity surveyor, and Mario, a former horse trainer, decided to name their family business after their trades, eventually settling on ‘The Yard’.

Ettorino said: “I was in Scotland and he was in London- we are quite a close family and we didn’t like being away from everyone. So we came home and said let’s do something as a family.

“That’s where the name came from, I was working in a construction yard and he was working with horses.”

Since the opening, Mario has taken the reins at the Chester restaurant, which has already won ‘best small restaurant in Chester’ at the Taste Cheshire awards.

Heading up the Knutsford branch, Ettorino said he has had a warm reception from the town’s residents and businesses.

“Everyone has been coming in and asking how we are doing,” he said. “They have been offering their help- which has been really nice. We held a promo night for local businesses to introduce ourselves- which went down well.”