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Riva Blu Brings A Taste of ‘La Dolce Vita’ To Liverpool

Riva Blu, a new Italian restaurant brand that promises to bring style, glamour and sass to modern Italian dining has opened its doors in Liverpool.

Located at No.1 Castle Street, the 130-cover restaurant from Individual Restaurants is part of the company’s new vision for 2022 and takes its name from the Italian word for shore ‘riva’, which depicts the beautiful Amalfi Coast with its wonderful restaurants, scattered vineyards and enchanting views of the dramatic coastline.  

‘Blu,’ the colour of tranquil seas, is also reflected in the branding as well as the restaurant’s plush nautical-inspired interiors.

Cry Me A Riva - Riva Blu Signature Cocktail
Cry Me A Riva – Riva Blu Signature Cocktail

Adopting the Italian belief that good food is a celebration of life, Riva Blu promises to satisfy all appetites with an extensive menu including sharing plates; bruschetta and antipasti; salads; pasta, risotto and ravioli; pizza; steaks and a wide selection of mains.

Over sixty classic Italian dishes feature, all made from the finest locally sourced ingredients and delivered with flair.  

Signature plates include the Linguine with Lobster (£29.50), Burrata Pizza (£14.75), a Tagliere Misto sharing platter featuring Parma ham; Coppa di Parma; bresaola; salame Napoli; buffalo mozzarella; pecorino; buffalo ricotta; olives; sun-dried tomatoes; chargrilled artichokes and a bread board (£25.00), and four different cuts of steak, each cooked to perfection (£22.50 – £31.50).

A generous selection of desserts provides the perfect sweet finish with Bombolini, Italian doughnuts filled with Amalfi lemon, Nutella and vanilla cream (£7.75); Tiramisu (£7.75), and Baileys Panna Cotta (£7.75) among the highlights.  

Riva Blu Mixed Dishes

For those looking to sit back and sip something chilled, the drinks list at Riva Blu will have you embracing your inner dolce vita.  Choose from classic Italian cocktails including a Bellini and Aperol Spritz or get acquainted with the restaurant’s extensive cocktail selection including signature drinks Cry Me a Riva, a blend of watermelon vodka and passion fruit liqueur with raspberries, peach, lemon and cranberry (£8.85), and Take Me Somewhere Tropical, which combines mango vodka and Aperol with passion fruit, pineapple and lime (£8.85).  Zero alcohol options are available too. 

Guests can also choose from an extensive selection of Prosecco, Italian wines, beers, spirits and liqueurs including the classic Italian digestif, Amari.  All can be enjoyed in the restaurant, at the beautiful bar, or on the restaurant’s impressive terrace.

A series of special dishes and limited-edition menus promise to make key calendar dates ones to remember.  Spreading the love over three-days opposed to one, Riva Blu’s special Valentine’s Day dishes, available from Saturday 12 to Monday 14 of February, promise to sweeten the romantic occasion, whether you’re treating yourself, looking to impress a loved one or raising a glass with treasured friends.      

Choose from Scallops Thermidor; Pizza Amore, featuring lobster, cherry tomatoes, chilli and basil; Mari E Monti, a 6oz fillet steak, king prawns, charred baby gem and bernaise, hazelnut and herb dressing; Pizza Dolci Amore, featuring Nutella, strawberry, hazelnut and chocolate sauce, or for the ultimate indulgence, White Chocolate Panna Cotta served with roasted strawberries.  

Pizza Dolci Amore - Valentine's Day Special
Pizza Dolci Amore – Valentine’s Day Special

A number of special celebrations are also to be unveiled over the coming months, starting with Valentine’s Day, with guests encouraged to look out for more exciting news via social media as the RIVAlution begins!

Speaking on the launch of Riva Blu, Francesco Zaccaria, General Manager at Riva Blu, said: “We’re incredibly excited to introduce Riva Blu to Liverpool and can’t wait to welcome guests.  Riva Blu is set to bring a real taste of ‘la dolce vita’ to the city with a menu bursting with classic Italian favourites and our own signature dishes, all prepared using the finest seasonal ingredients.

“Guests can expect the same warm welcome that Individual Restaurants is known for as our existing dedicated team deliver a truly authentic Italian dining experience.  We’re also planning some very special celebrations over the coming months, starting with Valentine’s Day, so look out for more exciting news as the RIVAlution begins!”

Riva Blu is the latest offering from Individual Restaurants and provides a premium yet informal dining experience with a brunch, lunch and dinner service until late. For more information, booking and to keep up to date with all the latest news and events, please visit, follow @RivaBluLiverpool on Facebook and Instagram.


Founder and Editor, Clare Deane, shares her passion for all the amazing things happening in Liverpool. With a love of the local Liverpool music scene, dining out a couple of times a week and immersing herself in to all things arts and culture she's in a pretty good place to create some Liverpool Noise.

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