CHARLES Dobosz and Adam Smith know a thing or two about running a successful business.

Palmyra Square is home to four of their restaurants and a hugely popular gin and cigar bar.

One of their establishments – San Lorenzo – has just been crowned the number one restaurant in Warrington.

Each week, we will be searching for the best Warrington has to offer in different categories and we’ve given out 23 awards for 2023.

The winners so far:

Best for Hair – Ashleigh Hair and Beauty

Best for Pies – Tomlins Bakery

Best for Nails – Bamboo Hair & Beauty

Best for Roast Dinner – Heaths Kitchen

Best for Cocktails – Dead Eyes

Best for Breakfast -Café Blu

Best for Fitness – Daniel Warburton

Best for Fish and Chips – Fish Net

Best for Tattoos – Danny’s Tattoo

Best for Pizza - Donatello

Best for Pets – Victoria Park Vets

Best Independent Shop or Business – The Phone Whisperer

Best for Dessert – White Lace Bakery

Best for Beauty – Bella You

Best for Kids – TinyTalk Warrington, Newton and Lymm

Best Gym – Ryfields Gym

Best Beer Garden – The Ferry Tavern

Best for Afternoon Tea – The Grand

Best for Burgers – Café at the End of the Universe

Best Café or Coffee Shop – CJ’s Coffee Shop and Tearoom

Best for Curry – Monpura

Best Pub or Bar – The Seven Woods

Next on the menu was the search for Warrington’s Best Restaurant and San Lorenzo took the final Best of 2023 crown.

Warrington Guardian: San Lorenzo owners Charles Dobosz and Adam SmithSan Lorenzo owners Charles Dobosz and Adam Smith (Image: supplied)

Charles and Adam opened The Grill on the Square – their first restaurant – on Palmyra Square North in 2010 and Las Ramblas in 2015 before San Lorenzo opened its doors in 2018.

The dynamic duo have since opened The Terrace Gin and Cigar Bar and The Treasury Private Dining Rooms.

San Lorenzo is located over two floors of The Treasury Building on Palmyra Square South with the first floor dining room featuring an open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs at work, creating the authentic Italian menu of fresh seafood, steaks, pasta and wood fired pizzas.

Warrington Guardian: Unlimited pizza and prosecco or beer is available each Saturday and SundayUnlimited pizza and prosecco or beer is available each Saturday and Sunday (Image: supplied)

Charlie’s Bar is located on the ground floor and is a great space for cocktails and cicchetti, which are small plates of Italian dishes, served tapas size and style.

The hugely popular offer of unlimited pizza and prosecco or beer is offered in Charlie’s Bar every Saturday afternoon and all day every Sunday.

Charles, who is originally from Paris, and Adam, who grew up in Manchester, first met when they were both working at Michael Caines' two-star Michelin restaurant Abode in Manchester.

Warrington Guardian: San Lorenzo is in The Treasury Building on Palmyra Square SouthSan Lorenzo is in The Treasury Building on Palmyra Square South (Image: supplied)

They have both worked in the hospitality industry for more than 22 years, 14 of which have been in Warrington.

Charles said: “We love the people here in Warrington - it’s a great town that we both now call home.”

But what do customers at San Lorenzo think about the restaurant? Why did they want them to win our final Best of 2023 title?

One nomination for this venue said: “This is a great venue with lovely food and a wide variety of dishes on the menu.”

Another said: “Fabulous food and excellent customer service.”

Warrington Guardian: Prime 8oz fillet steak with whole lobster thermidore and garlic butterPrime 8oz fillet steak with whole lobster thermidore and garlic butter (Image: supplied)

Charles said: “The great thing about our industry is meeting so many fantastic people.

“We serve happiness - from lunch with friends to sharing your special occasions with us - it’s lovely to be a part of people’s good times.

“We’re so grateful to all our guests who choose to drink, dine and enjoy spending time with us.

“We strive to consistently offer outstanding customer service with exceptional food in beautiful surroundings.

“This is only achievable thanks to our great chefs and dedicated front of house team, with special thanks to our general manager Petya Topalova.

“Most of all we would like to thank our guests and everyone who took time to vote for us – your support means everything to us – thank you.”

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Warrington Guardian: The talented team at San LorenzoThe talented team at San Lorenzo (Image: supplied)