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Top-rated Ashford restaurant Amici goes up for sale


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One of Ashford's best-rated restaurants is up for sale.

The leasehold for Italian eatery Amici is available for £119,950 – eight years after two couples joined forces to set up the business.

Massimo and Justyna Deidda with Claire and Nino Costa in 2014
Massimo and Justyna Deidda with Claire and Nino Costa in 2014

The North Street site is currently ranked on TripAdvisor as the second-best restaurant in Ashford.

It has only recently been overtaken by Nepalase restaurant Koyla, based in The Courtyard in Mersham-le-Hatch.

The town centre site, which has 58 covers, was set up in 2014 by Massimo and Justyna Deidda, and Nino and Claire Costa.

Both couples had previous experience working in the hospitality sector.

Mr and Mrs Deidda had previously run an independent coffee shop called Massimo's on the Amici site, while Mr and Mrs Costa ran the Halfway House in Challock from 2007 to 2013.

The North Street unit, pictured here in 2010, was previously Massimo's coffee shop
The North Street unit, pictured here in 2010, was previously Massimo's coffee shop
The Amici restaurant is on the market eight years after opening
The Amici restaurant is on the market eight years after opening

The Costas were customers at the coffee shop, and after becoming friends, the couples teamed up and decided to name the restaurant Amici, which means 'friends' in Italian.

Estate agency Christie & Co, which is looking after the sale of the restaurant, says there is scope to increase trade by opening on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The current owners did not want to comment on the potential sale when approached by KentOnline.

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