Verdi's - an Italian restaurant in  St Albans - has been awarded the top food hygiene rating after previously being told that "major improvement" was required.

The eatery in Clarence Park was given a five-out-of-five rating on Wednesday, April 17 - boosting its score from just one after visit in January this year.

According to the earlier report, "hygienic food handling" and "cleanliness and condition of facilities and building" both required improvement.

Herts Advertiser: Verdi's now has a five-out-of-five hygiene rating.Verdi's now has a five-out-of-five hygiene rating. (Image: Verdi's)

Meanwhile, "major improvement" was necessary in the management of food safety category.

However, these issues have been dealt with and the restaurant has been rewarded with a new, improved rating.

Rosey Cheek, restaurant manager at Verdi's, said: "Naturally, we are delighted and wanted to share the good news.

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank our lovely loyal customers who stood by us and supported us wholeheartedly - we really do appreciate them 


"On Sunday, May 26, we will be hosting Jazz in the Park again. This will be the first of a free summer series which will be held on the last Sunday of every month until September and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying the music and park! 

"Our deck chairs will be back in the park from May as well - these are free for all to use and hopefully they will be bring joy and some much needed sunshine with them."

Herts Advertiser: Verdi's deck chairs will be returning to Clarence Park.Verdi's deck chairs will be returning to Clarence Park. (Image: Google Maps)

Verdi's has also been working with Clarence Park's St Albans City FC, hosting their pre-match hospitality over the course of the season.