A PONTELAND restaurant is shaking things up with the appointment of an Italian cocktail connoisseur.
Simone Sedda has joined the bar team at Fratelli in Bell Villas after emigrating to Northumberland from his home in Sardinia.
The 21-year-old holds professional qualifications in bartending and flair (performing tricks with bar tools, including juggling bottles) and he is aiming to make cocktails more popular.
He said: “The drink of choice for Italians is usually a cocktail or coffee, they don’t drink beer or lager like people do here in the UK.
“I hope that my passion for creating mouth-watering concoctions will encourage more men and women to give them a try.”
Fratelli offers a selection of 18 cocktails, including Death by Chocolate, Bramble and the Signature Fratelli Fizz.