Rushden pizza restaurant wins gold award

Rob Tucker and Cesare Marinaro collect the award from Aldo Zilli, centre

Rob Tucker and Cesare Marinaro collect the award from Aldo Zilli, centre

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An Italian restaurant in Rushden is celebrating after winning a top award.

Pizzeria Venezzia has won the prestigious Pizza Restaurant Gold Award at the 2014 PAPA Awards.

Run by the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association (PAPA), the Gold award is issued to restaurants who set a standard for others to follow.

Judging is conducted in secret and the report for Pizzeria Venezzia said: “There is a strong focus on standards, particularly in terms of product, service and overall atmosphere. The dining experience is exceptional at Pizzeria Venezzia and pizzas they serve are outstanding.”

The awards took place at the Lancaster London Hotel and the Award was presented to Rob Tucker and Cesare Marinaro by celebrity Italian chef, Aldo Zilli.

Mr Zilli, said: “Italian food from pasta to pizza and everything in between is about simple ingredients of the highest quality treated with love. Italian chefs are passionate about their food and the industry as a whole is about authenticity and great produce.”