Dolce Vita’s pizza the action at top awards Hard work pays off as Marianna scoops two gongs
Staff at a popular Wishaw takeaway were celebrating after scooping two gongs at a national awards ceremony.
Dolce Vita, in Hill Street, picked up the awards for Takeaway of the Year in the south west of Scotland as well as the national prize at the Food Awards Scotland ceremony in Glasgow.
The well deserved awards, which saw the takeaway nominated by its customers, delighted staff at Dolce Vita which opened as a takeaway back in 2013.
Marianna Chierchia restarted Dolce Vita under the same name of mum Carol and dad Guiseppe’s restaurant which began life in Wishaw back in 1986.
Marianna, 25, said: “It’s really pleasing to be recognised in this way.
“Wishaw isn’t a big place and doesn’t get a lot of attention, so to win something like this is great.
“We picked up a runners-up prize at the Italian Awards for best pizza which was also great. But it was our customers who nominated us for these awards, which made it special.”
It was very much a family affair at the awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow with Marianna joined by her mum and dad as well as other staff members.
Marianna added: “I decided to open the takeaway back in 2013 and wanted everyone to know we were back in Wishaw.
“We have had a lot of older customers coming back to us because of the Dolce Vita name.
“I’m only 25 and I am working every weekend but I’m used to it.
“We have put a lot of time and effort into this and mum and dad were really pleased to see us get that kind of recognition.
“I would like to thank all our staff for all their hard work as well.”
We have put a lot of time and effort into this . . .
Top team Marianna Chierchia and dad Guiseppe celebrate Dolce Vita’s success