After what has been some of the most challenging times for any business, especially those in the hospitality industry, it looks like good news may be fast approaching on the horizon.
Al Molo, the fine dining Italian restaurant, in the entrance to what was once Weymouth’s historic art deco pier bandstand, has also received some good news. The restaurant beat off stiff competition from across Dorset to win the coveted Dorset Tourism Gold Award in the Restaurant Of The Year category at a virtual awards ceremony.
Tim Newton, Co-Owner of Al Molo, commented after receiving the award, “2020 has been a terrible year, the most challenging year in business Giuseppe and I have ever known. We want to thank our staff from the bottom of our hearts for all their hard work and going the extra mile to keep themselves and our loyal customers safe. It has not been easy for them and this award recognises all effort and hard work.”
Other restaurants across Dorset joined Al Molo in the virtual ceremony at the start of February, and the award was present by Caz Richards from Dorset Food and Drink.
Dorset Food and Drink Coordinator Caz Richards said, “This has been an immensely difficult year for the hospitality industry, and yet restaurants across the county have continued to provide incredible dining experiences to the public despite these considerable challenges. The dedication and hard work of the teams behind these establishments is inspiring, particularly during this time, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate them.”
Caz continues, “The Dorset Tourism Awards showcase the excellence constantly achieved within our sector, as well as being a brilliant opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the success of great people and great businesses. Congratulations to the team at Al Molo for winning restaurant of the Year Award…bella!
After the awards we caught up with Giuseppe Vannucci, Head Chef and Co-Owner at Al Molo, he told us, “I was lost for words when our name came up on the screen, wow, amazing. I’m still in shock. Un grande grazie, to the award’s judges and Caz Richards from Dorset Food & Drink for sponsoring it. Here’s hoping the world will move to a better, safer and healthier place this year.”
As the county moves into 2021, it finally looks like there is some good news out there.
Photo: From left to right – Giuseppe Vannucci & Tim Newton