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Franco Bertoletti started his apprenticeship at the age of 16 in Brescia, Italy, from 1962 to 1964. He continued his training in Switzerland, 1965 to 1968. Continuing his career and dream to become a successful restaurant owner, he then proceeded to Germany in 1968 to 1969.

He was a restaurant manager at the Royal Oak, Keswick and the Crown and Mitre, Carlisle from 1969 to 1973. Leading from this, with his dream still in sight, he persued to open his first licenced Italian Restaurant in 1974 (Franco's in Castle Street, now La Pergola) until 1990.

After opening various other restaurants which are still trading, Franco now dedicates himself to the restaurant in all its glory, from 2004 onwards. As his most successful step in his life Adriano's is proving to be a great success in the current day and age.

The former Malt Shovel is now a great family friendly, romantic Italian restaurant, suitable for all ages.

Check out the 4 photographs from when the BBC One Show's Roman soldiers came to visit Adriano's whilst filming an article during the summer of 2015. Well an army marches on its stomach and they certainly enjoyed their food that day!