Leicester Mercury - This family-run Leicestershire restaurant is officially the best Italian restaurant in the Midlands.
Thursday - July 5, 2018
Leicestershire's Sapori Restaurant and Bar is celebrating after being named the Best Italian Restaurant in the Midlands.
The Anstey eatery earned the accolade at the Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards 2018, which took place in Birmingham last night.
The awards aim to celebrate the great work done at the best eateries, restaurants, hotels and bars across central England.
Sapori (Italian for 'flavours') was shortlisted for the Best Italian Restaurant award after a public vote put them in the region’s top five.
The judging process included a visit from a mystery diner, who commended Sapori on their authentic Italian fine dining experience. The judging panel included food writer Andrew Adam Hayes and hospitality expert Ben Drayner.
The Sapori team were crowned as the Best Italian Restaurant in the Midlands in front of hundreds of key food and drink industry professionals last night.
Situated in the heart of Anstey, the family-run restaurant was opened by Chef Patron Andrea Scarpati with his wife Cristina and her brother Luigi in May 2011.
Talking about the win, Chef Patron Andrea Scarpati said:
“We know that we offer something different to other Italian restaurants in the Midlands and beyond.
“The authenticity of our Italian cooking is paramount to us. Winning another award shows we are doing something right and Sapori is not a flash in the pan. Since 2011, we have brought all of our dedication and passion to the restaurant and it’s fantastic to see our love for what we do is paying back.”
Co-owner Luigi Riccardi said: "We want to make sure that when a customer leaves the restaurant they will go out with something to remember! Sapori isn’t just authentic Italian fine food, it is an experience to remember."
Sapori has already been crowned with many awards, including Best Italian Restaurant in the country at the Italian Awards 2015 and the National Food Awards in 2016.
In March 2017, Chef Andrea was selected to become a member of CHIC (Charming Italian Chef). This is an association of chefs who boast more than 50 Michelin stars between them. They are dedicated to authentic and innovative Italian cuisine, and Andrea is the only UK-based member.