What a fantastic evening!

WINNERS: CUOCO OF THE YEAR & BEST PIZZA 2018

Welsh Italian award  

The Welsh Italian Award is an annual competition for the food industry in UK which recognise outstanding achievement for UK businesses.

FINALIST

da MARA was nominated and reached the final, thanks to our amazing customers, on 4 different categories:

  • BEST PIZZERIA
  • BEST PIZZA
  • CUOCO OF THE YEAR
  • BEST AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MENU

There are many amazing establishments in Wales and the fact of being voted and reached the final in 4 categories was for us already a dream. What followed was an amazing journey where our personnel proved their fantastic skills. From our chefs to our front of the house staff. Everyone took pride on the nomination.

There are many amazing establishments in Wales and certainly in Cardiff and the fact of being voted and consequently reach the final in 4 categories was for da MARA already a dream. What followed was an amazing journey where our personnel proved their fantastic skills. From our chefs to our front of the house staff, everyone took pride on the nominations.

Nuccio showed his brilliant talent and skills competing against 5 of the most well-known Italian restaurants in Wales and was judged by the ALMA International cookery school team. He prepared a deliciously bottarga and lobster spaghetti dish.

Our pizza, prepared by Dario was judged by Manchester City FC Chef, Personal Chef for Premier League footballers and Executive Chef at The Cheshire Cookery School, Fortunata Rossano, who visited unexpected our premises on a very busy Saturday night.

The outcome

So, the morning after the 2nd edition of the Welsh Italian Award 2018, all of us at da MARA, have woken up on an absolute high and with very sore heads! On the award night da MARA had a double win taking home as a result two of the most coveted awards of the night, “Cuoco (Chef) of the Year” and “Best Pizza”

What an achievement!  First of all, a Thank you goes to every member of our amazing team because without them we wouldn’t have made this far. We appreciate all the hard work that they have put in to help make da MARA successful.

Likewise a big Thank you goes to all our customers and supporters who voted da MARA and got us to the final.

It’s not been easy at times, there have been a lot of ups and downs, but the endless encouragement and amazing feedback has got us where we are today.