The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-11-01T03:23:31Z Perth’s favourite Italian keeps winning awards - and hearts. 2016-11-01T03:23:31Z perth-s-favourite-italian-keeps-winning-awards-and-hearts Last week, Lo Zucchero restaurant located at City Beach in Perth, secured the award for ‘Best Family Dining Restaurant’ at the 2016 National Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus awards for Excellence, held in Sydney.  Owner George D'Annunzio said, "I’m both humbled and excited to win such an award at both a Western Australian and a National level”. This latest gong goes straight to the poolroom, beside a swag of other awards won recently by this fabulous Perth eatery.  So far, Lo Zucchero has won the 2014 and 2015 W.A. 'Gold Plate Award' for 'Best Family Dining' and they are also in the running to win an award for 2016 (which will be announced next week).  Lo Zucchero has also been nominated this year for Best Breakfast Venue, and was also recently awarded ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ by the Italian Consulate.   If you haven’t yet experienced the glorious food (and all that goes with it) at Lo Zucchero, then it’s high time you did.   We can thank all those cooking shows and the influx of cultures to our shores for bringing us wonderful and diverse cuisines, but it appears that despite all on offer, we like to stick to good ol’ favourites when dining out with our families - especially if those favourites are Italian and served with love. Italian food is now regularly enjoyed by 62.9% of the population. And it is clear by the swag of awards, the buzzing atmosphere and the fact that it’s pretty much full every night for dinner, that simple food done well is a winner - in everyone’s books. The D'Annunzio family run Lo Zucchero - making it a true ‘family business’.  It has gone from strength to strength for 12 years, making it a Perth institution.   But unlike so many other family-run long established restaurants, this one keeps adapting with the rapidly changing face of Perth dining.  The team at Lo Zucchero realise that some things never go out of fashion.   There is no doubt that George over-delivers when it comes to looking after his customers - but particularly with various dietary requirements, that can be challenging for so many of us. Both his wife and son are lactose/gluten intolerant - so they understand the importance of whipping up delicious food to suit all needs.    And in an era of (sometimes-off-hand) hipster waiters who can make you feel anything but welcome, Lo Zucchero ‘old school' wait staff take pride in mentoring the younger staff, teaching them the importance of great family orientated service and warm hospitality. Alongside the outstanding service, the food is - as you would expect - excellent.  And this is not due to luck.  “I Import a specialist 000 flour from Italy for my pizza’s. Many people try to copy my recipes, ask for the recipes and even steal my staff to get the details, which is hugely flattering”, says George.His philosophy of outstanding family-focused service and years of hard work have paid off.  George and his wife are about to launch a new range of fabulous and innovative lunch specials.  But their bigger plans include an exciting new venue based in Mandurah, opening in the New Year. It will carry on the Lo Zucchero theme with a wood fired oven and charcoal rotisserie but will also incorporate a microbrewery, a distillery producing spirits and a specialised Pink Gin. The Mandurah based restaurant will incorporate wonderful architectural designs including a temperature and humidity controlled glass storage for meats, salumi, prosciutto and cheese. Lo Zucchero is fast shaping up to be Perth’s 'worst kept secret'. We’d have to say it’s ‘FANTASTICO’ in anyone’s language.http://www.lozucchero.com.auENDSFor information, interviews and images please contact:Toni Carlino - Vigneto Consulting Pty Ltd0438 612 365 toni@vigneto.com.au