New Blackburn Restaurant – Italian Food and Drink with a love of the town at its heart

A new restaurant is set to open in Blackburn at the end of November, to add to the growing choice of places to eat, drink and meet in the town.

Gioia Italiano will be based on Church Street in the building which many people will remember as the Blackburn Visitor Centre or the Blackburn Rovers store.

With around 70 covers, the venue is offering an authentic Italian experience, with a wine bar and uniquely, a deli counter that will offer quick service and take-away meals including piadina using cured meats and cheese with fresh salads and pastas.

Mike Hajewskyj, owner and partner in the project, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Gioia to Blackburn this year. I am Blackburn born and bred and we can see that Blackburn is at a very exciting stage in its rejuvenation. We have been searching for the perfect venue and love the amount of space the new venue will offer including its conservatory and garden that backs onto the Cathedral grounds.

“We hope that Gioia, with it’s relaxed atmosphere, will attract people who want to meet for a quick drink, need a speedy lunch in the restaurant or want to grab a lunchtime bite from the deli counter, as well as a great evening venue for romantic meals, get-togethers and celebrations.

“Our authentic Italian cuisine will also draw on lots of local produce from people that you already know and love. Much of our fish will be from Mayers and our meat from Tom Wood, both on Blackburn Market. We have such amazing suppliers on our doorstep, it’s great to be celebrating fantastic local suppliers too.”

Gioia, along with its sumptuous selection of wines and cocktails, also plans to serve local craft beers, including those from Three B’s Brewery, Hopstar and The Big Clock Brewery.

Mike added, “We’ve had tremendous support for the project from other local businesses as well as the council and we are very excited to be bringing this concept to Blackburn. We hope to bring around 20 new jobs to the town too. With more restaurants and bars opening in the heart of town, Blackburn is finally rediscovering its heart and we want Gioia to be a key part of the town’s success.”

Gioia opens at the end of November 2017 and will soon be taking bookings. For more information, you can follow Gioia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching for GioiaItaliano. You will be able to find their website at

Gioia Italiano Restaurant
50 – 54 Church Street, Blackburn, BB1 5AL

Opening Times:
Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday 11am to 2am
Sunday 11am to 9pm
The Deli Counter will be open daily until 6pm.

Pictured is Mike Hajewskyj from Gioia.

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