Reading and Windsor restaurants nominated in ‘Best Italian’ category for prestigious award


The finalists of the Food Awards England 2022 have been revealed and there are quite a few Berkshire establishments that have been recognised. The Food Awards have been around for seven years and look to give out accolades to various eateries across the country.

This year the awards are being hosted by Creative Oceanic and the ceremony will take place in Manchester this June. The Food Awards were set up with the aim of recognising the talent of chefs, and the hard work of specialists and suppliers.

In the category of Best Italian establishment, there have been various nominations in the north and south of the country as well as in the midlands. In the south, there have been seven nominations and two of these establishments are based in Berkshire.

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The two Berkshire restaurants that have been nominated in the Best Italian category are Pepe Sale in Reading and Sebastian’s in Windsor. The winners of this award will be announced during the 7th annual Food Awards England ceremony, which will be taking place this June 6 at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

All of the Italian restaurants in the south that have been nominated in the Best Italian category:

  • Maurizio Dining & Co. (Cambridge)
  • Zagara Ristorante (Hoddensdon)
  • Pepe Sale Restaurant (Reading)
  • Pizza Calzone (Banbury)
  • La Foglia – Italian Restaurant (Banbury)
  • Eatalia restaurant (Bedford)
  • Sebastian’s (Windsor)

Pepe Sale – Reading

Wild boar cutlet at Pepe Sale on Queens Walk, Reading.

Pepe Sale is an award-winning Italian/Sardinian restaurant that sits in the heart of Reading. It is located on Queens Walk, opposite the Hexagon Theatre, close to Broad Street.

The restaurant offers an ala carte menu that promises a unique and authentic Sardinian experience. Sardinia has its own unique kind of Italian food and classic Sardinian dishes include suckling pig, spaghetti with sea urchin, octopus salad, and lamb with artichokes.

This isn’t the first time Pepe Sale has been nominated for an award by the Food Awards England. In 2016 Pepe Sale was voted the winner of the Best Italian Establishment in the south at the Food Awards in Manchester.

Sebastian’s – Windsor

Sebastian’s says that it only uses the “finest and freshest” ingredients for its dishes and this could explain why it’s been nominated for an award. The Italian eatery is located at 2 Goswell Hill in Windsor and is tucked away down a little alley in the town centre.

The restaurant’s menu includes a wide range of different pizzas and pasta including a seafood linguine and pesto fettuccine. Meat and fish dishes include pan-fried chicken breast in lemon sauce, pork medallions with peppercorn sauce, and a roasted sea bass fillet.

On Tripadvisor the eatery has been rated four and a half stars with some describing the venue as a “hidden gem”. One customer who left a review called theresat404 said that they offer the “best pizza outside of Tuscany.”

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