2012 - 2013
Piccola Italia is proud to be such an active part of the communities of Worthing and surrounding towns and villages. We find ourselves involved with anything from local markets to organised events and celebrations. We also participate in lots of charitable events, whether it's a donation for a raffle or providing catering.
Bertolli's UK's number 1 Italian Deli
In 2012 we were nominated for the UK's no.1 Italian Deli and were shortlisted in the top 10.
In 2013 we were nominated again for the UK's no.1 Italian Deli and were amazed to win. Not only were we awarded the title of being no.1 but our customers voted us top in 5 out of 6 Deli Categories:
Best Family Run Deli
Best Customer Service
Best Deli Dish
Best Deli Storecupboard
A New Experience of Flavor
Coffee tastes have changed so much that I remember around 2012, introducing a much more acidic coffee into our blend thinking we were going to lead customers into a new experience of flavour, only to be dismayed on day one with customer’s dissatisfaction with a fruitier and more flavourful coffee. Coffee is after all the seed of a fruit. From then on, we began to work at a gradual pace, turning up the brightness a little, season after season. Today we can proudly craft a coffee with notes of lemon meringue, strawberry or passionfruit and find people on all sides of the counter are learning and developing their pallets.
All Part Parliamentary 'Best Small Shops' 2015 and Sunny Worthing Awards
Every year the government small business the opportunity to showcase their achievements and recognize this by selecting a 'Best Small Shops' award. Nominations come from your local parliamentary leader and cover all genres of small businesses. As we were shortlisted in the top 10 we were invited to a champagne awards ceremony at the houses of parliament for the announcement of the winner. Unfortunately we didn't win, as the competition was tough however the event gave us the insight in to how other small business are striving to be the best by engaging with their community and offering exceptional products and services.
Sunny Worthing Awards
Sunny Worthing is a non profit group set up by Colm Cooper sweet, in support of local independent businesses and traders. The group originally started on Facebook and rapidly grew, more volunteers came forward to assist Colm in making Sunny Worthing a beacon for the town. With over 10k Followers the group is now supported by the Mayor and our renowned town crier Bob Smytherman. In 2014 Colm saw an opportunity to boost local businesses further by launching a public voting awards for varying categories. Each year the event has grown from strength to strength and in 2015 Piccola Italia won the Sunniest Independent Retailer Award.