Eateries fly the flag for best in Italian cuisine
TWO Macclesfield restaurants are in the running for a new award which celebrates the country’s Italian communities.
Abruzzo on Mill Street has been short-listed for the ‘Best Family’ restaurant award in the first ever English Italian Awards.
Meanwhile, Aquila on King Edward Street is up for the ‘Best Small’ restaurant gong to celebrate Italian communities and their role in the hospitality industry.
Abruzzo and Aquila made the final after a public vote.
Both restaurants are up against nine others from across the country. They now have an agonising wait as the judges are set to visit each venue over the coming weeks.
The nominations are particularly good news for Macclesfield businessman and chef Steve Hicks, who runs Aquila and has a stake in Abruzzo with Adam Pagano and Antonio Savaris.
Celebrating the nomination Adam Pagano, 32, said: “It is a massive boost to the team at Abruzzo to be in the running for the award.
“Steve, Antonio and I worked together as chefs and managers. In 2010 Steve and Antonio launched the venture and I followed them in 2013.
“We have slowly built up a loyal customer base and hope the recognition will encourage others to come and try our food.
“The judges will visit any day now and we won’t know who they are until they come to pay, so it will keep us on our toes.”
The gala final, when the winners will be announced, will be held in The Palace Ballroom in Manchester, on Sunday October 4.