Gold award for Rushden pizza restaurant

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

An Italian restaurant in Rushden has been recognised for the quality of its food.

Pizzeria Venezia won a Gold Award at the 2014 Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association (Papa) Awards.

The Gold Award is issued to restaurants who set a standard for others to follow, and is given to businesses with 10 or fewer sites where pizza is the predominant item on the menu.

Judging is done in secret and the judges focus on the standard of the product, service and overall atmosphere.

The judges who visited Pizzeria Venezia said: “There is a strong focus on standards, particularly in terms of product, service and overall atmosphere.

“The dining experience is exceptional at Pizzeria Venezia and pizzas they serve are outstanding.”

Restaurant owner Cesare Marinaro and head chef Rob Tucker were presented with their award by Italian celebrity 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.”

Mr Marinaro said: “We’re quite proud of this award. We went to the awards because we had three pizzas in the pizza chef of the year category and we didn’t know we had been put forward for a Gold Award.

“We hadn’t spotted any secret diners in the restaurant beforehand and to be one of only 10 restaurants in the country to win a Gold Award is special.

“We pride ourselves on using good quality ingredients and our friendly atmosphere.

“We would like to thank the people of Rushden and the surrounding area for all their support and custom over the last 28 years, it really means a lot to us.”