Nardini’s to open Edinburgh ice cream store

A girl enjoys an ice cream from Nardini's in Largs.  Picture: Robert Perry
A girl enjoys an ice cream from Nardini's in Largs. Picture: Robert Perry
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AN ice cream war could be set to explode in the Capital – with the opening of a new parlour by a famous west-coast family.

Nardini’s – based in the Ayrshire resort Largs – are opening a new art deco-feel ice cream emporium in the city’s trendy Bruntsfield area.

It is the first branch to open in the Capital, and is a part of expansion plans which have seen them recently open a new branch in Glasgow’s West End.

Last night a spokesman for the company said they were excited to make the move east.

He said: “Nardini’s took ownership a couple of weeks ago and are busy kitting it out at the moment. We think it will be a great thing to have in the area and are sure people will like it.

“It will have the same traditional art deco theme that we have at the sites at Largs and Byres Road.

“We’re not exactly sure when it will be open yet but hope to catch a bit of the end of summer.”

The move will pitch Nardini’s up against another Italian glace-making dynasty – Luca’s.

Like Nardini’s, the company’s founders arrived in Scotland in the 1920s, quickly establishing themselves as a firm favourite with locals.

One resident – who lives near the new Nardini’s – said: “People locally have been joking that we’ve got an ice-cream war on our hands.

“Luca’s is so well established it’s hard to imagine them ever being overtaken by a West Coast incomer. But Nardini’s is pretty much one of the biggest and most famous ice cream names in Scotland. They’re synonymous with Italian-made ice cream and clearly have a lot of clout behind them.

“It’s hard to imagine them not making a success of their plans here.”

The new parlour will be sited in the old post office at Merchiston Place, which was last used as a restaurant but had laid empty for some time.

Staff at the seated cafe, which will also serve tea, coffee and cakes, will be recruited locally.

The spokesman added: “Bruntsfield is a really vibrant area with a lot of people which is why we chose it.

“I’ve heard of Luca’s, it’s definitely a well-respected name. But we’re a little bit further down the road so hopefully there’ll be room for the both of us.”

Kate Luca, general manager of the Morningside branch of the family business, said the two firms enjoyed a “friendly” rivarly and wished them “all the best”.

She said: “We have a good relationship with Nardini’s. There’s certainly no hard feelings.

“Luca’s is very well-known in Edinburgh and Nardini’s is very well-known in Glasgow, but I don’t know many Edinburgh people are aware of them. That’s something they’ll have to work on.

“We’ll have to wait and see what effect this has on our business, but we wish them all the best.”