Eater­ies fly the flag for best in Ital­ian cui­sine

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

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.

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