The owners of Italian café Caffe Marconi are celebrating after being announced as a finalist in the prestigious 2015 English Italian Awards.
Caffe Marconi, a café by day and pizzeria by night, has been nominated in the ‘Best Café’ category of the awards, being held for the first time this year.
Customers of Italian eateries up and down England were asked to nominate their favourite haunts and staff – from best café to favourite barista and pizza chef.
The top five nominations were put forward as finalists, with the winners being announced at a star-studded award ceremony in Manchester in October.
Caffe Marconi, in Princes Square, Harrogate, is the sister café to Sasso Restaurant, and is owned by Italian chef Stefano Lancellotti, his wife Sara and her father Brian Ferguson.
Caffe Marconi joint owner Sara Lancellotti said she was delighted customers had nominated her café for the 2015 English Italian Awards.
“We pride ourselves on being an authentic Italian café, owned and run by Italians, and serving freshly-prepared authentic Italian food and drink,” said Sara, whose husband Stefano is originally from Sasso Marconi, in the north of Italy, an hour’s drive from Florence.
“We’re overjoyed that this has been recognised by the judges and look forward to the announcement of the winners next month,” she said.
The English Italian Awards come hot on the heels of the Scottish Italian Awards, which have been running for the past two years.
Awards founder and CEO Warren Paul said he was excited to be bringing the concept to England.
“We started out in Scotland not knowing what was going to happen, the response has been huge and we’re excited to see if the English community is just as competitive,” he said.