Whether this is your first taste of Poldino’s or you are a familiar face, welcome!
Established in 1977 by Leo and Linda and later joined by son Lee, Poldino’s has been serving family favourites for over forty five years. Like Italian cooking, we believe the recipe of our success is a mixture of few but quality ingredients: warm atmosphere, unassuming service and consistently good food.
All our dishes are prepared in house and our team work very hard to ensure we source the finest possible ingredients, locally and from all over Italy – bringing a genuine taste of home to our guests.
Whatever the occasion, we are at your service so please feel free to contact us with any enquiries you might have.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Benvenuti e buon appetito!
Hailing from a wee village high up in the Tuscan hills, at the age of 14 Leo packed his bags and headed down to the coast to study hospitality at the Scuola Alberghiera in Marina di Massa. Following his studies and national service Leo worked his way round Europe, eventually finding himself in Ayrshire working for the famous Nardini’s of Largs. It was in Largs that he met Linda and, many a romantic tale later, they decided to migrate north in pursuit of a business of their own.
First stop was the picturesque town of Braemar where they kept a little tea room for the summer season. Both also worked at the late Amatola hotel on Great Western Road before Leo moved on to Luigi’s which, in 1977, they bought over and turned into Poldino’s. Over the years as Aberdeen grew, Poldino’s has grown with it; there was the extension of the kitchen in the early 80’s and then the expansion to the second floor, after Poldino’s acquired the jewellers which sat above the restaurant in the late 80’s.
Throughout all this Leo and Linda also found time to raise their family, all of whom have served the restaurant. Their son Lee, having served his apprenticeship, now promises to continue their legacy. Lee believes the restaurant has stood the test of time and whatever the future brings and whatever changes are made, the principles laid down in 1977 should always remain at the heart of his work.
The Godinis’ are proud of their time here in Little Belmont Street serving Aberdeen and sharing memories with guests. Now, in their second generation, they look forward to serving customers both new and old in the years to come.