Ice-cream lovers will be pleased to hear that construction is under way on a new Nardini’s café on South Street.
The famous ice-cream parlour is set to open its first branch in St Andrews in time for the start of next semester. Last year, the company announced its plans to open six new branches across Scotland, following its sale to the Tony Macaroni restaurant group in 2008.
Along with their speciality, authentic Italian gelato ice cream, the café will serve an a la carte menu offering a basic roster of Italian pizza and pasta dishes together with their famous fish and chips, scones and a selection of desserts.
The café will be located opposite Madras College where coach tours stop daily. The café is likely to take advantage of tourists who only have a couple of hours for a quick bite to eat and walk around St Andrews.
This may cause problems for Janettas, St Andrews’ eminent artisanal gelateria, which celebrated its 105th anniversary last year, as they do not currently face much competition from other ice cream establishments. The long lines on nice days and the fact that it is on the far end of South Street may discourage visitors from becoming Janettas patrons.
Additionally, the competition between Nardini’s and other Italian restaurants, like Prezzo which will be only a few doors down, and Little Italy, will certainly have an impact on how well the business performs. The closing of Bella Italia last autumn demonstrated the fierce competition which Italian restaurants in St Andrews face.