Flavour of Mexico

Mario Gizzi and Tony Conetta have not just cornered the Italian and tapas markets with their restaurant concepts Di Maggio’s, Amarone, Barolo and Spanish tapas restaurants Cafe Andaluz, but now with Paul Sloan and Calum Mclachlainn, they are planning on opening a Mexican restaurant on St Vincent Street called Topolobamba, under the company banner of, funnily enough, Topo Lo Bamba Ltd. The move comes two years after Gizzi joined forces with his cousin Paul when he opened Pinto, Glasgow’s first burrito bar, and only a couple of months after a new Pinto opened on Gordon Street, described as a ‘fast dining venue’ and the third opened on the corner of Bothwell and Hope Street just recently. New Pinto’s are also planned. Topolobamba is expected to open before the Commonwealth Games. It’s at 89 St Vincent Street. Mario Gizzi told DRAM, “I think Mexican is the next eating phenomenon in the UK and we want to be part of it. Glasgow is ready for it as Pinto has already proved.” The news comes as Mexican chain Chimichanga announced it is coming to Edinburgh. The former Bar Roma has been leased to Prezzo Plc, who will open their first Chimichanga restaurant North of the Border later this year.