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Gino D’Acampo Vows To Raise A Fantastico Amount of Money For Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

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Gino D’Acampo opened the doors to his exciting new restaurant – My Pizza & Prosecco Bar – on November 24th with a pledge to support Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The UK’s favourite Italian chef announced the national partnership with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital at the launch of the authentic Italian bar and restaurant located at the refurbished flagship Next, Manchester Arndale, and has committed to donating all launch day sales.

The decision to support the UK’s biggest children’s hospital follows tragic events at the Manchester arena earlier this year, with Gino and business partner, founder of Individual Restaurants, Steven Walker, wanting to do something for the victims, families and emergency services directly caught up in the ordeal.

The launch sees two special items take pride of place on the new pizza and prosecco bar’s menu, including a special cocktail named after the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s charity mascot Humphrey – the Humphrey Granny Smith Martini.

For every sale of the mouth-watering cocktail, a refreshing blend of Grey Goose vodka and Catron kiwi liqueur with apple, lemon juice and mint, £1 will go to the charity.  A Humphrey mocktail is also available for children, designated drivers or those just looking to keep a clear head.  A further £1 donation will also be made from every margherita pizza sold – anticipated to be one of the restaurant’s best sellers.   A range of further fundraising activities are planned for throughout the year.

Speaking on the announcement Gino said: “As a father of young children myself I was devastated by the terrible event at Manchester Arena earlier this year.  The way in which the medical team responded that night, many of whom were from the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, is nothing short of incredible. I am both humbled and honoured to be in the company of just some of the response team and to be able to contribute to their ongoing work.  We’re committed to raising a fantastico amount of money.”

Founder of Individual Restaurants Steven Walker added:  “We have worked with Maurice Watkins and his team at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for many years but are looking forward to being involved as a national corporate sponsor with our partner Gino.”

Gill Heaton, Chief Executive of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Gino’s support through this exciting charity partnership. Each year our Children’s Hospital treats over 260,000 children so support like this is invaluable in helping us to provide the very best treatment, research and care to the poorly children treated there. To have Gino’s support here in Manchester and nationally throughout his restaurants is something we are incredibly grateful for. We are looking forward to working together in the future, developing exciting new charity initiatives which will ultimately make a huge difference to children treated at our hospital.”

The opening of My Pizza & Prosecco Bar follows the huge success of Gino’s first Manchester restaurant in the Corn Exchange, which celebrates its second anniversary next month.

The new restaurant, affording an incredible panoramic view of Cathedral Gardens and some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, seats over 200 people and is situated on the first floor of Next, accessed both from the store and a dedicated entrance on Corporation Street.  It will open from 10am until 11pm, seven days a week.

Designed on a grand scale, the restaurant features an open kitchen including two handmade, copper wood-fired Italian pizza ovens, and a cold counter including an ice cream bar.  Taking centre stage is a 23-metre island prosecco bar.

An image of GinoThe restaurant has Gino’s trademark washed woods, Carrara marble and striking green leather. Inspiration is taken from his favourite Italian yacht builder, Riva.

Gino wanted to give all the family, not just Next shoppers, a reason to visit with his clever use of space, designed to allow a very casual, all day, every day drinking and dining experience. Superfast free WIFI, complimentary work stations and an open games area are all part of Gino’s vision of providing shoppers with a dining and a lifestyle experience.

Gino was born and raised in Napoli, in the south of Italy, the birthplace of pizza so he takes his promise of bringing real Neapolitan pizza to Manchester seriously.  The rest of the menu features favourites once again from his many books and TV shows.

The dessert menu is sure to be a hit with families; all ice creams and cakes are from Gino’s very own bakery and include a “build your own sundae” section for those ready to indulge.

The prosecco bar features over 30 prosecco, Franciacorta, and sparkling wines and wines all available by the glass. Gino’s exclusive partnerships with producers in Italy offers a wide selection not available anywhere else in the UK and at great prices.

The menu is complemented by iconic Italian cocktails, artisan bottled beers and last but certainly not least, real Neapolitan coffee.

Gino first made his move into restaurants when he teamed up with friend and business partner Steven Walker, founder of Manchester based restaurant group Individual Restaurants. The partnership of Individual Restaurants and Gino D’Acampo goes from strength to strength with five openings this year and many more planned in exciting locations in 2018. A deal was announced with fashion retailer Next earlier this year and they plan significant growth from here.

Gino D’Acampo enjoys equal success on our screens with his rating busting primetime TV series, Gino’s Italian Escape, recently awarded best food show at the TV choice awards 2017. With over 4 million viewers his new show Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape is on ITV every Wednesday at 8pm.

Gino said: “I’m super excited to open My Pizza and Prosecco Bar in Manchester and with my new partnership with Next. What more can someone want than great pizza, great prosecco and a bit of retail therapy.”

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