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LIVERPOOL The Independent Liverpool Membership Card is now available online at independent-liverpool.co.uk/the-card or in store at Utility on Bold Street. For £10, this is your yearly pass to the best discounts and deals in over 80 independent businesses in Liverpool. Be part of a movement that says yes to variety, yes to unique and yes to handmade and heartfelt.

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Il Forno: Made with Love— Il Forno 132 Duke Street Liverpool www.ilforno.co.uk 0151 709 4002

There is a little corner of Liverpool that has remained, authentically and enjoyably, Italian for a decade, winning such consistently good reviews that it was voted one of the UK’s top 10 restaurants by The Times. Slow food — big in Italy — may not have caught on here yet, but when it does you can be sure of one thing: Il Forno, will lead the charge. The name? Il Forno, meaning The Oven, is no coincidence. The vast centrepiece stone oven — full of the restaurant’s pizzas, breads, baked pasta dishes and vegetables — that dominates the room is at the heart of the Italian eaterie, literally and figuratively. Il Forno is a real family affair, with a closely-knit team headed up by Restaurant Manager Donato Cillo and his Head Chef brother, Paulo. Hailing from Basilicata in Italy’s deep south, the brothers’ passion for fine food and great service combine to create a dining experience that showcases Italian dining at its

laidback best. It’s a place you can rely on — for a leisurely lunch or night-time celebration. And you can be sure, whatever your order, the ingredients will have been sourced with care. Frantoio Biscione extra virgin olive oil from a tiny independent producer in Cancellara, Potenza. The pizza dough takes two days to prove and the recipe that hails from a Napoli pizza chef — and, no, you can’t have the recipe. Every two weeks sees a new delivery of gleaming Parma hams, bresaola, salami, speck and mortadella head to Liverpool before an appointment with Il Forno’s meat slicer, dispensing wafer-thin morsels of intense antipasti. At Il Forno provenance is important: it means honest food, it means a celebration of home, and the assurance of a meal made with love. It’s an ethic that radiates through the restaurant; that has helped make it a real Liverpool favourite.

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