New restaurant gets a taste of success, bringing Italy to Kendal

THE owners of a new Italian restaurant which has just opened in Kendal have said they aim to “bring a little Italy to the south of the lakes”.

Nick Ward and Giuseppe Sepe, who already run three other restaurants in South Lakeland, expanded their portfolio by opening Sapore at 21A Stramongate.

The company has already created 18 mostly full-time jobs and the duo are still recruiting to hire a dozen more people. The team is led by the very experienced Laszlo Lukacs.

“We have been very busy with between 60 and 70 clients on weekdays and double on Saturdays,” said Giuseppe. “People really appreciate the quality of the food we serve. We receive a lot of local clients, as well as tourists.

He said Sapore’s philosophy is to serve authentic Italian cuisine, including some of the most modern dishes and cooking techniques currently used in Italy.

Dishes on the menu include Classica Carbonara, with egg yolk, pecorino romano and smoked pancetta; Risotto Ai Frutti di Mare with arborio rice, chipirones, prawns, mussels, clams, langoustines and a touch of sugo de Sapore; and Carre ‘di Agnello Alla Romana (rack of lamb served pink, garlic and rosemary, baked potato and sautéed vegetables).

The meat on the menu comes from Cornvale Fine Foods of Melling. The fish come from Kendal Fish and Seafoods and Hodgson Fish from Hartlepool. The Italian ingredients come from Carnevale, a specialized food importer.

The premises – formerly the Little Italy restaurant site – include a restaurant with approximately 60 seats and a downstairs bar area that can be used as additional restaurant space for parties.

“We are a restaurant but we also have a lounge bar upstairs, where customers can have a drink and also order sharing platters and finger foods,” said Giuseppe.

The duo, who both live in Windermere, have some exciting ideas in store. Early next year, they plan to make their own deli products for sale in restaurants and possibly online, including breadsticks, small jars of pickled olives and eggplants, and their own tomato sauce.

The restaurant offers up to 50 wines, but customers will eventually be able to choose from up to 1,200 wines from the Sapore wine merchant.

Plans are also being prepared to create a seating area outside of Sapore.

The duo also run Urban Food House in Bowness; Hooked, a seafood restaurant in Windermere and The Estuary in Main Street, Grange-over-Sands, which employs 45 people in total.

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.

Food is served from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although the bar remains open until 10 p.m. Sapore is closed on Sundays and Mondays but will eventually open daily.

Anyone interested in joining the new Sapore team should send their CV by email to [email protected]

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