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Subtle changes in lighting add an extra touch to the already atmospheric restaurant.

A simple glass door on Chesterfield’s prestigious Glumangate is now the portal to an exciting new world; a place where the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of arguably the world’s most fascinating country are recreated by a team dedicated to all things Italian. It’s the start of the whole Calabria experience… THE RECENTLY OPENED caffè bar and restaurant, which boasts an impressive mix of both classic and contemporary interior styling, is very much a family business. Headed by owner Vic and his brother Sev, with niece Francesca as restaurant manager, the team consists of talented head chef Philip Ball, his deputy Paul Barton, and a professional front of house team all trained to exacting standards. Like all things Italian, friendliness is key and a warm welcome is guaranteed. The restaurant was named after the beautiful

Italian region of Calabria, which was home to Vic and Sev’s parents before they made the life changing decision to move to Derbyshire. The region is noted for its wonderful coastline, rugged mountains and sun-bathed rocky coves. An exciting range of food is available throughout the day. Snacks and light refreshments include authentic Italian light bites and nibbles such as cured meats, regional cheeses, marinated vegetables and crostini. A fine selection of pasticceria is guaranteed to please the pastry lover.

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Cheers from Vic, Sev and Francesca as they toast the success of Calabria

Lunchtime visitors will enjoy a choice of Bruschetta with wild mushroom, tomato and basil, or prosciutto, ciabatta with smoked chicken, pesto and mozzarella, salmon and ricotta or salami piccante, prosciutto and pepperoncini, as well as a mouth watering selection of soup, omelette, risotto, ravioli, pasta and sandwiches. The evening menu offers a fascinating choice and includes antipasti treats such as: Coniglio – fricassee of rabbit and mushroom with grilled polenta, Bresaolo – cured beef, rocket, pecorino and truffle mayonnaise, Insalata di Polipo – warm salad of octopus, potato and rocket and Granchio – spiced crab, beetroot carpaccio and baby shoots. Main courses currently on offer include: Gnocchi gorgonzola – spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnut sauce, Strozzapreti con salsa di granchio ed aragosta – strozzapreti with crab and lobster sauce, Pesce Spada – seared swordfish with sauté potatoes and tomato anchovy sauce, Vitello – veal scaloppini with oregano, capers and white wine, Agnello – olive crusted rump of lamb with crushed haricot beans and Pollo – char-grilled chicken in garlic and rosemary butter with sun dried tomato polenta. Whilst main courses are served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes, an

additional selection of regional vegetable side dishes can also be ordered to accompany your meal.

guaranteed to please. Members of staff are delighted to make alcohol-free cocktails on request.

A choice of Panettone, bitter chocolate tart, panacotta, tiramisu, gelati misti and Italian cheese platter offer the discerning diner the perfect way to end their meal.

One of the main wine suppliers is Darley Dale based Grossi Wines, who import fine artisan Italian wines. Grossi Wines source all the wines themselves from small producers who still select the grapes from the vine by hand to produce beautiful natural wines

Menus change each month, with seasonal choices added as and when available. The chefs are sensitive to the needs of the customers with special dietary requirements. Top quality produce is delivered three times a week from Italy, courtesy of main supplier Delitalia. Delitalia’s managing director Martino Mainiero is also a family friend whose expert advice is always valued. Derbyshire suppliers are also used, as the local business community is important too. Coffee comes straight from Calabrian suppliers Guglielmo, whilst tea is sourced from James Pogson of Chesterfield’s Northern Tea Merchants. Chris Radford of Brampton Brewery and Robert Evans of Peak Ales provide beers which sit alongside traditional Italian offerings such as Peroni Nastro Azzuro and Birra Morretti. Cocktails are also on the drinks list, with classics such as Calabrese Bloody Mary, Sea Breeze and Tom Collins on offer along with numerous house specialities. All are

Grossi Wines believe strongly in the diversity and qualities offered by Italian wines, and have searched for many years for wines that they believe to be some of the finest on offer. They are wines that the Italians drink themselves at mealtimes and celebrations and most of them are completely new to the UK market. The influences within the restaurant have resulted from strong Italian family ties, and every member of the Risorto family has contributed in some way to the meticulously thought out end product. Says Sev, “Due to unforeseen circumstances Vic was forced to change direction and channel his efforts in a different direction. The idea of a local Italian-themed caffè bar and restaurant rekindled his passion and enthusiasm, and, with the support of the rest of the family, enabled him to realise his

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Philip and Paul proudly hold trays of freshly-prepared Italian vegetables

dream. “Not only did we look to Vic’s own extensive knowledge and skills, but we also engaged the talents of the whole family. With a combination of flair, passion and hard work, we harnessed the knowledge, experience and abilities of all of us to create ‘Calabria’.

Salmon and tuna carpaccio

“However the dining experience we aspire to provide would require more than a building; it would need atmosphere and a team of like minded people to manage and run the restaurant. After a long and vigorous selection process our chosen members of staff were assembled, each bringing their special personality, skills and enthusiasm necessary to achieve a different and authentic Italian dining experience. “Now as Calabria becomes that vibrant place to be, I feel privileged to be associated with our creation, its special people and to fulfil a lifelong dream.”

Only the finest and freshest produce is used at Calabria

Says Vic, “We had a series of pre opening day events, where family members, friends and local business people were our guests and enjoyed the type of food, drink and hospitality now on offer to everyone who comes through the door. They all seemed to

enjoy themselves, and readily offered valuable feedback with several suggestions being put into place immediately. “Everyone at Calabria is customer focused and all believe in the whole Italian ethos. Customer satisfaction is paramount. I realise I’m running a business, but I value reputation higher than profit. Investing in people is key and I would like to think we are setting the standard for what we do. We have an on-going traing plan which provides the team with the support they need to deliver the best experience. These sessions end with the opportunity to learn Italian. We also offer a door-to-door restaurant car in a prestigious Mercedes Benz, for our evening customers, charged to the bill on departure. Prices can be obtained when booking your table. “All our staff were hand picked after passing quite a tough selection process. We had 117 applications for head chef alone and I’m delighted to say we made the right choice with Phil. He impressed us with not only his cooking skills and flexibility, but his positive attitude and enthusiasm. Days after accepting the position, we flew him out to Brescia in northern Italy to learn first hand

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Some of the front of house team are all fully trained in the Calabria ethos

the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine. “We currently offer our various services on the ground floor, but phase two involves opening up the first floor of this charming period building to accommodate a further dining area. Our business plan involves some really exciting developments. The ground floor would become the exciting Spuntino bar, open all day for snacks, with upstairs becoming a more formal area, which would be used for evening diners. But that’s in the future. A great range of spirits and liqueurs, along with Champagnes, wines, beers and soft drinks

“The message I would like to get across at the moment is that Calabria is very much a place for everyone; from the youngest to the oldest member of the family; it’s a place to mangiate, bevete e divertitevi, which translates as eat, drink and enjoy…” Opening times: Monday – Wednesday: 8am-6pm* Thursday – Saturday: 8am-midnight Sunday – Closed* *We are open for private parties 30 Glumangate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TX. T: 01246 559944, E:,

Calabria’s restaurant car offers that finishing touch to your evening

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WIN a Meal for Two at Calabria Cucina Italiana & Caffè Bar Calabria, the recently opened Italian-themed caffè bar and restaurant on Glumangate has teamed up with Reflections magazine to offer readers the opportunity to win a sumptuous meal for two up to the value of £50. To enter simply answer the question below:

What is the English translation of “mangiate, bevete e divertitevi”? Send your answer on a postcard with your name, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address (optional) to: Calabria Competition, c/o Bannister Publications Limited, 118 Saltergate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1NG. Closing date: Monday 22nd February 2010. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the March 2010 issue of Reflections.

30 Glumangate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TX. T: 01246 559944, E:

Calabria - Reflections Magazine - February 2010  

A simple glass door on Chesterfield’s prestigious Glumangate is now the portal to an exciting new world; a place where the sights, sounds, t...