The East Lancs Italian restaurant loved by professional footballers

Pino Cafasso and Jay Rodriguez at The Palazzo restaurant in Burnley

A PRO footballer visited an East Lancashire restaurant at the weekend – and the owner says it’s a popular place to Burnley FC team members to visit.

Jay Rodriguez, forward the Claretsvisited the Palazzo Italian restaurant in Grimshaw Street with his family on Sunday April 24, following his side’s crucial victory at Turf Moor against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Owner Pino Cafasso said it was not the first time Jay had visited the restaurant saying he strives to visit “a few times a month”.

Lancashire Telegraph: Pino Cafasso with Jay Rodriguez at the Palazzo Italian restaurant in Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: Pino Cafasso with Jay Rodriguez at the Palazzo Italian restaurant in Burnley

Pino Cafasso with Jay Rodriguez at The Palazzo Italian restaurant in Burnley

Pino said: “He is here often.

“On weekends he came here with his family and he loves coming here – it’s his cozy Italian restaurant I guess.”

Pino posed in a photo next to Jay and posted it to his social media account. As of this writing, he has amassed over 200 likes.

Pino said Jay brings a “good vibe” and interacts well with staff and customers.

He said: “He is lovely with people and brings a good vibe. He was here yesterday to take pictures with everyone.

“It’s a family restaurant and all the children were delighted to see it.

“He’s a local guy and he loves everything about supporting businesses in the city.”

According to Pino, this is the best place to visit if you are a Soccer lovers that other members of the Burnley FC squad have visited in the past.

He said: “Other Burnley players and members of the federation go down from time to time, usually at the end of a season.

“They have a big table – hopefully it happens again soon.

“If it’s a good enough restaurant for a professional footballer, then it’s fine – even the pros like our pasta!”

When it opened six years ago, members of the Burnley FC team visited the restaurant where some players created and enjoyed their own pizzas.

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The Palazzo serves fresh, authentic Italian cuisine from 12:00 to 22:00 daily.

Wood-fired pizzas, pastas, cocktails, coffees and more are on the menu.

The menu recipes have been passed down from generation to generation; where possible, ingredients are sourced locally.

Burnley-born Rodriguez, 32, played just over an hour in the game against Wolves, with the Clarets picking up three vital points as they battle to avoid relegation after a torrid season and the manager’s sacking Sean Dyche on Good Friday.

Since Dyche was sacked, Burnley have picked up seven points from three games and climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Everton, despite the Merseyside club having one game less.

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