Pizzeria proves it’s top six in the UK
A highly popular and much-loved Knowle pizzeria is celebrating after being ranked one of the top six in the UK.
A cappella, in Wells Road, was crowned as gold winners of the Independent Pizza Restaurant Award 2019, as part of the Pizza and Pasta Association (PAPA) awards.
The award is handed out to independent restaurants that ‘set a standard to follow’.
The restaurant was judged by industry experts on its product, service and overall atmosphere. All establishments must have a five-star hygiene rating.
A cappella boss Paul Stewart found out the restaurant was one of hundreds to be shortlisted for the award after being contacted by PAPA.
The organisation had approached A cappella, which also runs a cafe during the day, after hearing positive feedback about the restaurant and reading rave reviews online.
A cappella was then visited by mystery shoppers who assessed the restaurant highly enough for it to be ranked gold standard.
Paul said: “We had no idea when they were in, so it was really good that everything fell into place. I’m really happy for the whole team.”
Paul has ran A cappella for 13 years and owes part of the restaurant’s success to remaining solely independent.
“We’ve had many opportunities over the years to expand but we’ve turned it down as we didn’t want to stretch ourselves.”
Paul added: “We’ve won a lot of awards in the past, but these have all been by the public voting.
“It was very nice to win an award that’s completely judged by industry experts.”
Among the six winners was L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which is linked the world-famous pizzeria in Naples, Italy.