Results from the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Florence Italy

Three New Zealand teams participated in the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Florence. The opening ceremony (pictured above) was a fabulous mix of bright colours. The race was, in the words of one of La Bella Italia’s dear friends and CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team member Kiely, exciting, tough and noisy.

New Zealand’s teams came 2nd (CanSurvive), 11th (Boobops), and 14th (Abreast of Life) out of 120 teams. We are so proud of all the teams!

After the races there is a flower ceremony, where all the dragon boats line up on the water and supporters line the shore. Kiely says “this is to acknowledge people with breast cancer who did not survive. Organisers play a particular piece of music and everyone holds a flower then toss it into the water after the ceremony ends. It helps to remind me how lucky I am and grateful I’m still alive, and able to do the activities I do.”

La Bella Italia was truly honoured to host a fundraising dinner here at the restaurant in June for the CanSurvive Team, and we can’t wait to see them again when they return home.

If you would like to know more about the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival
Or the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team

La Bella Italia and the 70 Best Restaurants with a Pizzeria in the World

La Bella Italia has had a year full of ups and downs. Earlier this month we were honoured and surprised to be selected among the 70 Best Restaurants with a Pizzeria in the World, a list drafted by Heinz Beck and Enrico Famà of the Ristorazione Italiana Magazine.

Antonio’s mother and sister collected the award in absentia, which was presented at a dinner hosted in Rome.  They say however that he must come and pick it up from them in person.

Antonio has always been dedicated to keeping the food and atmosphere at La Bella authentic and traditional. It is because of this passion for Italy, and for food, and New Zealand that Antonio is so proud to have been selected for this list. La Bella Italia is where Antonio shares his love for Italy with New Zealand, through his food, his conversation, and his tours every year.

Click here for the full list of winners chosen from 34 countries around the globe.

Visa Wellington on a Plate 2018 is coming!

This year Wellington on a Plate will run from 10-26 August. We will be offering both a lunch menu and a dinner menu:
Lunch will be the Festival Dish for $30
Dinner will be three courses for $55

Entree

Kingsmeade Opaki Manchego and hazelnut butter risotto with Prana Greens cress and Lot 8 Harissa oil

Festival Dish

Preston’s Grass Fed Girls lamb cutlets with Zany Zeus feta whipped potatoes, and wilted spinach

Dessert

Whittaker’s dark chocolate mousse with Beer Belly Jellies Portly Jelly and Zany Zeus mascarpone

Beverages

Pond Paddock Rosé $12
Pond Paddock Pinot Noir $12
Bootleggers Soda Selection $5

CanSurvive Fundraising Dinner at La Bella Italia

The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival is held every four years under the auspices of the International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission – this year it will be held from the 6th to the 8th of July in Florence, Italy. It will be three days of intense program activity: demonstrations, workshops and social events aimed at awareness and dialogue within the large international community of “Breast Cancer Survivors”, in addition to the dragon boat races.

CanSurvive is an enthusiastic group of breast cancer survivors from Wellington who compete in dragon boating. This team of 26 will be one of three teams representing New Zealand at this event.

On Monday 18 June, La Bella Italia will be hosting a three-course fundraising dinner for their trip.

Sign the Petition!

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act puts unreasonable restrictions on businesses like La Bella Italia and Bel Mondo, simply because they didn’t envision their concept during the drafting process.

Section 36 does not allow “shops within shops” to have an off-licence, which mean restaurants and speciality food stores like La Bella Italia face great difficulty in providing both a restaurant with an on-licence and a retail area with an off-license, all under the one roof and at the same time.

National MP Chris Bishop proposes an Amendment Bill which would add a subsection 36(2) exempting the issuing of an off-licence to premises where those premises are within or accessed through a restaurant.

Sign the petition and help support Chris get his Amendment Bill through Parliament.

https://chrisbishop.national.org.nz/labella

Stop the madness!

A Message Regarding Bel Mondo

Ciao to all customers and friends,

Bel Mondo’s last day will be the 28th of January, closing at 6 pm.

It has been a pleasure to share with you my passion for food and for my country. Thank you very very much for all your support!

It is very sad to let the Bel Mondo concept go, but I will see everyone at La Bella Italia, the mothership of the group, where we still enjoy a full Italian experience focused on authenticity and strong traditions.

Cordiali saluti,
Antonio Cacace

Read the Dom Post article here

Tour Itinerary Out Now

Antonio leads a tour in Italy every year. Each year follows a different itinerary, and visits many interesting places. It includes such things as demonstration dinners, cooking classes, winery, chocolatier, and cheese visits and tastings, classic Italian dinners, relaxation, shopping, and beauty.

This year’s tour itinerary has already begun. The tour will run from 4 to 14 September, and will cover Puglia and the Amalfi Coast.

Massalubrense, in the Amalfi Coast, is Antonio’s hometown, where guests will stay in his family hotel, La Primavera, and enjoy a local’s look around.

The tour is a unique blend of food, wine, art, history, music, families, traditions, and passion.

The tours are very personal to Antonio, and every year he gets to know each guest to give them a personal and memorable experience. His aim is to show the places he loves to the people he loves, and share Italy with New Zealand.

Click here to see the itinerary.
Contact us now.