Italian chefs and managers out in force to work up an appetite for awards

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 January, 2011, 12:00am

Wednesday was a big day for 15 top Italian fine-dining establishments. Nicholini's, Isola, Carpaccio, Domani, Mistral, Osteria, Gaia, DiVino, Goccia, Spasso, Grissini, Va Bene, Aqua Roma, La Baita and Angelini were each honoured with an Ospitalita Italiana (Italian hospitality) award.

At the awards ceremony, presided over by Italian consul general Alessandra Schiavo at Domani, chefs and managers showed up in force to celebrate the occasion.

Manuele Bosetti, general manager of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, presented gold plaques to representatives of each restaurant. 'One thousand of the finest Italian restaurants around the world have been selected for the certification, and so far 231 venues have been approved by the evaluating committee in Rome,' he said. 'I'm proud to say that 15 of them are in Hong Kong.'

Giacomo Pani (right, with Bosetti and Schiavo), a partner of DiVino Group, took home three gold plaques for the group's restaurants - Carpaccio, Spasso and Goccia.

'I've been travelling and working since I was quite young, as you tend to do in this industry,' said Pani, who hails from Sardinia and has been in Hong Kong for more than 11 years. 'But never have I lived and worked in a place like Hong Kong that has given me so much in return for my efforts. I'm very happy with these awards.'