New Italian restaurant opens on former Little Italy site in Kendal


A new Italian restaurant will open, creating up to 30 jobs in a city.

Nick Ward and Giuseppe Sepe, who already run three other restaurants in South Lakeland, have expanded their portfolio and plan to open Sapore in Kendal within the next six weeks.

And the duo have some exciting ideas in store, including offering up to 1,200 wine choices and creating their own branded products onsite.

“All of our restaurants are neighborhood bistro type places and we want to keep that theme,” Nick said.

“Sapore – which means ‘taste’ in Italian – will be a place where people can come and have fun and taste great food and wine.”

Giuseppe said the restaurant will serve authentic Italian cuisine, including some of the most modern dishes and cooking techniques currently used in Italy.

Sapore will initially open from 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon on Saturday, but will eventually open daily.

“We are looking to recruit front desk staff, chef, clerk and pizzaiolo, bar staff and management,” Nick said.

“In total, there will be 25 to 30 new jobs – at least 20 of them will be full time.”

The premises – formerly the site of the Little Italy restaurant – include a restaurant with around 60 seats, a downstairs bar area that can be used as additional dining space for parties, and an upstairs lounge bar, where guests can also order dishes to share and antipasti.

The duo, who both live in Windermere, plan to make their own deli products for sale in restaurants and possibly online, including breadsticks, small jars of marinated olives and eggplant and their own tomato sauce.

The restaurant will offer up to 50 wines but customers can choose from up to 1,200 wines from the Sapore wine merchant.

“Maybe it’s a wine that they’ve tried and enjoyed in Italy in the past that they want to try again,” said Giuseppe.

“They will be able to order the wine in advance and it will be waiting for them on their table when they arrive,” Nick said.

The duo also run Urban Food House in Bowness; Hooked, a seafood restaurant in Windermere and The Estuary in Main Street, Grange, which employs a total of 42 people.

“We wanted an Italian restaurant in our portfolio,” said Giuseppe. “We are aware of Kendal’s plans to reorganize over the next few years and believe this restaurant will fit well into the environment being created.”

Nick and Giuseppe also hope to further expand their portfolio and operate other restaurants in South Lakeland in the future.

Nick, from Poulton le Fylde, spent ten years in the London hospitality industry and managed restaurants in Manchester and South Lakeland before he and Giuseppe bought Urban Food House three years ago.

Giuseppe grew up in Naples and worked in upscale hotels and restaurants in Italy and Switzerland for several years before moving to the Lake District and working in the hospitality industry in Windermere and Ambleside.

The duo met about six years ago.

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