You’ll find Lusso on Weavers Walk in Newbury. It merges the unique concept of a pizzeria and a gelateria and began life as GelARTo – you may have seen the blue ice cream van on Northbrook Street. Lusso is a family business, run by husband and wife Tommy & Rita along with Rita’s brother Peter. GelARTo began when Rita was on maternity leave and started thinking about work she could do from home that would fit around childcare. Following several trips to Italy Rita fell in love with Italian ice cream and decided to start making it herself! She and Peter went on courses (in the UK and Italy), Tommy and Rita built an ice cream kitchen in their house and they bought an ice cream van. They began selling ice creams in 2014 and one winter set up a gazebo with a wood fired pizza oven and began selling pizzas too; these proved very popular which led to the opening of Lusso in 2016!

Lusso’s artisan products are freshly prepared using high quality ingredients sourced from authentic Italian suppliers, or locally where possible. Of course the main item on the menu is pizza (and the pizzas are true Italian style pizzas) but you can have a burger or a salad and there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. A children’s menu is provided and includes a smaller sized pizza and a scoop of ice cream. You can also grab something to take away and there is a lunchtime deal available from 12pm-4pm on weekdays (excluding school holidays).

A visit to Lusso would not be complete without sampling the delicious gelato! There are a variety of flavours to choose from and these tend to vary from visit to visit, our personal favourite is the salted caramel and our 5 year old is a big fan of the blue bubblegum ice cream! If you’re feeling indulgent you can have a freakshake, a triple chocolate brownie or an ice cream sundae. If you have a special occasion coming up you can order a Freakcake or an Ice cream cake from Lusso; these are handmade to order with 1 or 2 flavours of your choice. 5 working days’ notice is usually required if you would like to order one of these cakes. Lusso is also available for large group bookings, either for a sit down meal or a stand up buffet and can even provide children’s parties.

Lusso is very family friendly with high chairs, colouring books, baby changing facilities (these are located upstairs with the toilets) and welcoming staff. We have been regular visitors to Lusso since it opened and the staff have always remembered us and our little one. It’s a great place to go during the summer as there is seating outside and the children can play and run around. We have enjoyed every one of our visits to Lusso; we have always been impressed with the quality of the food and the service we have received. We would highly recommend that you go and sample this fantastic independent restaurant.

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