NZ Premium Foods and Service Foods recently awarded Noel Cimadom, owner and operator at Alpino Cucina e Vino in Cambridge first prize for his teams’ exquisite menu entries into their foodies for food lovers photography competition.
Rachael Speedy of NZ Premium Foods and Jules Scheurich of Service Foods, dropped in to present the prize and meet the Alpino team.
Noel, who immigrated from Italy to New Zealand in 2012 said, “the successful ethos behind Alpino is to deliver Italian soul food that everyone loves and the foodies product range reminds me of the fresh flavours I used to use in my mother’s kitchen back in Italy”.
Having recently taken Alpino off the market, Noel said instead of selling they have made the decision to redevelop the restaurant to take it back to its roots, closing it briefly from March 11. “It will still be Italian, but a bit younger, fresher and louder,” he explained, adding that Alpino will be staying open later when it reopens on March 29. “There will also be more sharing plates, as well as pizza and pasta…just in a more concentrated way.
“I went from selling to ‘let’s do it again’…I’m quite happy,” Noel laughed.
And if all that wasn’t enough, Noel has also recently purchased the Clarence Hotel and Bistro in Tauranga as well as planning to launch a new Japanese restaurant on the same site this winter.