FROM THE SEASIDE TO THE BOGSIDE- ‘SPAGHETTI JUNCTION’ OPENS FOR BUSINESS

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·      DERRY’S NEWEST CULINARY EXPERIENCE CONFIRMS ITS INAUGURATION ON SATURDAY 25THJULY

·      SICILIAN OWNERS PROMISE AN AUTHENTIC TASTE OF ITALY

·      OPENING HOURS MON-SAT 9AM-11PM, SUN 1PM-5PM

(CAN FIX/ DERRY/22 JULY 2015)

As the weekend draws ever nearer, the owners and staff of Derry’s new Italian restaurant are getting ready to fling open their doors with a hearty ‘Benvenuto a Spaghetti Junction’ with the date of opening to the public confirmed as Saturday 25th July.

In the months leading up to the inauguration, the Spaghetti Junction team have been working around the clock lovingly creating their ‘bambino’, a dream project made reality by its six-strong group of Sicilian partners, led by Mr. Cataldo Magnifico, a resident of the city since 2009.

The total transformation of the premises on the corner of William St and Rossville St has been nothing if not an eye-opener for the team and the public alike, not least for the mural spanning its gable wall- Sophia Loren sits proudly on her vintage Vespa moped, surrounded by a selection of the very ingredients that will play a key role in the restaurant’s menu.

Promising to showcase an authentic taste of Italy, owners have brought a handpicked team of chefs from their native Sicily to get the full flavour of the Italian experience on the plates and the palates of their clientele. Head Chef Rosalba Mancini has worked in the industry in and around her native country for more than 30 years and has worked closely on the Spaghetti Junction menu with Magnifico and Co. Expect hearty, home cooked dishes with a distinct nod to the ones like-a Mama used to make. Indeed, many of the recipes have been brought from the tables of the Spaghetti Junction families back in Sicily.

By Mancini’s side, Chef Francesco Tranchida, master of his trade and creator of delicious Italian pastries including Cannoli and Cestini and Chef Angelo Lo Grande who’ll be manning the authentic wood-burning oven in the restaurant, built from scratch using traditional methods.

A team of locally sourced staff are also on board for front and back of house and the construction of the restaurant itself has also relied heavily on a large number of local businesses, suppliers and employees in the run up to the opening as well as going forward.

As far as décor is concerned, the space has been transformed to transport the diner to a typical Italian piazza with views of Sicily’s Mount Etna, bringing the al fresco ambience of Italian life to the interior of the ex- Bogside Artists’ Gallery and indeed, to the Bogside itself.

Speaking of the upcoming inauguration, Mr.Magnifico said, “I have been in love with Derry, its people and its culture since I first came to visit- then I fell in love with a Derry girl so there was no going back. Now, I want to try to make Derry fall in love with my culture and in particular, Italian food. We’ve worked hard over the last months to get the restaurant ready to open and have already had great support from the people of the town. We’re looking forward to giving them a taste of Italy!”

Opening Monday to Saturday from 9am-11pm, Spaghetti Junction’s evening menu will start from 5pm. During the day, a menu of lighter snacks and pastries will accompany that other staple Italian tradition- coffee of all shapes and sizes. OnSundays, the premises will open from 1pm-5pmSaturday 25th July will mark the inauguration of the restaurant with a separate private event taking place earlier in the week. Sunday 26th July from 2pm sees a visit from the Bad Samaritans Scooter Club, a local group of Mods and Scooter Boys from the 80’s whose Vespa & Lambretta Line Up outside the restaurant will fit in rather nicely with the restaurant’s intrinsic love of all things vintage and Italian.

Spaghetti Junction Grand Opening

Saturday 25th July, 9am-11pm

46 William Street & 1,3,5 Rossville St

Derry BT48 6ET

For bookings, call 02871 414242

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spaghetti-Junction/1620572588201459

Twitter: @SpagJunct_Derry

Web: http://www.spaghettijunctionderry.co.uk/

Email: spaghettijunctionderry@hotmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION & IMAGES AND OTHER PRESS ENQUIRIES, CONTACT:

JILLIAN CANNEY

CAN FIX PR

July 22, 2015. Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. pearse doherty replied:

    Good luck guys, I know you will do great. Pearse @ Sally.

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