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Stroud eatery to buck national trend


An Italian restaurant in Stroud is increasing its hours as opposed to many choosing to lower hours in the face of the economic crisis.  

Terra Cucina Italiana, based within the Five Valleys Centre and Sandersons Department Store is open seven days a week for breakfast lunch and has now added an evening service on Fridays and Saturdays.

As of October 20 they will be open until 9pm, a sign of the restaurants popularity and maybe a sign of a return in consumer dining confidence.

Owners, married couple Matteo Conte and Clara Cardillo, took the decision after seeing a surge in bookings in September so will now be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

“Since we opened our doors in May we have been stunned and eternally grateful to the people who have come in to try our taste of home,” said chef Matteo Conte. “By opening up in the evening for two nights a week we are giving more people the opportunity to come and visit as well as providing more hours for our staff and further employment.”  

Matteo Conte and Clara Cardillo, moved to the Cotswolds from Rome eight years ago and quickly got to work building a business doing what they loved, cooking and serving delicious Italian food.

Matteo and Clara also own, and will continue to run, with the help of Clara’s parents, Patrizia D’Onofrio and Andrea Cardillo, the Non Solo Pasta unit within the Five Valleys Indoor Market, where they have served their award-winning arancini for the past two years.

To book a table for more information on Terra please call 07544359416 or email:

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