Cardiff’s longest running Italian restaurant has won a top award at the first Welsh Italian Awards.
Giovanni’s Restaurants Group in Cardiff came top in the Best Multiple Operator category. To accept the award was the owner of Giovanni’s Restaurants, Giovanni Malacrino, who said:
“I would like to thank my sister, Francesca. She has been my backbone for 34 years – that’s how long we have been running in Cardiff.”
“We are now officially the longest running Italian restaurant [in Cardiff], which I can’t understand because I’m still 27 in my head.”
Mr Malacrino also gave a special mention to his father, and the man who made the dream possible, Umberto Paladino.
The event began with Welsh Italian restaurants cooking and presenting their proudest pasta dish to the panel of judges. Later on, the awards ceremony took place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel.
This is the first year the Italian awards have come to Wales, following its success in Scotland and England. The awards aim to “reflect the significant contribution the Italian community makes to the lives of the British public.”
As well as being the longest running Italian restaurant in Cardiff, Giovanni’s Restaurants have played host to a number of celebrities, such as Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran and Pavarotti.
Mr Malacrino has recently used his position as a well-respected business owner in Cardiff to open the community arts hub, GCHQ. The facility aims to help local, bright minds learn, create and share their work.
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