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Vito takes Brit food to Italy for TV show

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: May 11, 2009

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A taste of Lincoln is heading to Italy as one of the city's most successful restaurateurs prepares to take on one of the world's food capitals.

Vito Cataffo, owner of Gino's and Zucchini's, will have his journey documented in a six-part Channel 4 programme due to air in August this year.

Mr Cataffo was born in Italy and raised in the South of England before coming to Lincolnshire in the 70s and opening The Italian Affair, first in Grimsby and then Lincoln.

Now he is heading to Bologna to open a restaurant which will serve British food with an Italian twist.

"My restaurants here serve Italian food with a British twist and I want to turn this around when I am in Italy," he said.

"I will only be using British produce.

"My beef is from Lincolnshire and the cheeses I use are from Devon and Cornwall.

"We want to do a breakfast menu and that is where the Lincolnshire sausage will feature."

The filming so far has taken in Mr Cataffo finding his food producers and his exhausting search for a venue.

After touring all over Italy he chose a place on the oldest street in Bologna and now he has the task of getting the building renovated and working by June 18.

The restaurant is going to be called Passion to signify the passion shared by Mr Cataffo and the Italians when it comes to good food and service and he is hoping fellow restaurant owner Sir Michael Caine will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

The programme is being produced for Channel 4 by IWC under the title Dolce Vito.

For more on Dolce Vito, see Monday's Echo.

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    david martin bell, sleaford  |  May 06 2010, 2:16PM

    I have two daughters in London and visit places to eat whilst down there. The meal I had at MIA in Sleaford was up there with the best I`ve had. Best Wishes . D. M. Bell

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    Lawrence, Lincs  |  August 21 2009, 12:54PM

    Heh! Jealousy. I went to Fourteen restaurant, and i have to say it was the most beautiful food i had ever eaten

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    Brian, Monks Road, Lincoln  |  May 11 2009, 2:42PM

    Well all I can say is I pity the TV crew that has to follow this guy around!!!!!!!! I pity anyone who has dealings with him.

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    Gedge, Lincoln  |  May 11 2009, 1:59PM

    Each to their own I suppose, but I always enjoy the food at Gino's. One of the better restaurants in the city. I guess some others agree, which is why it is so popular

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    jo, lincoln  |  May 11 2009, 1:28PM

    oops - should have said 'love gigi's' - sorry.

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    jo, lincoln  |  May 11 2009, 1:26PM

    i used to live gigi's when he had that but for some reason he closed it down. it was by far the best resaurant he had both for ambience and food quality.

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    Chris, Lincoln  |  May 11 2009, 12:41PM

    I agree seb. Gino's in particular is massively over-rated. Always over full (for some reason), so it takes forever to get served, and the food and drink is over priced and distinctly average. I went to Fourteen soon after he opened it and the food was very expensive and really quite poor. Much better and cheaper since it changed hands.

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    seb, lincoln  |  May 11 2009, 12:24PM

    Have never been that keen on this guys restaurants as I find his 'hands on' management style gets in the way of me enjoying my meal. For me the food is overpriced, vast in quantity and fairly bog standard.