A world-famous café and ice cream parlour in St Andrews has received VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best award in recognition of its use of quality Scottish produce.
Jannettas Gelateria Café achieved the award from the national tourism organisation for the quality and provenance of their food and drink.
The café, which had an extensive facelift to create a modern, open, high-end Italian style Gelateria, was commended for its menu which boasts some of the best produce available in the region.
A fixture in the Fife town for over 100 years, the family business was opened by Bennett Jannetta in 1908 and is now run by Bennett’s great-granddaughter, Nicola, and her husband Owen.
While the café celebrates and embraces its Italian roots, its strives to ensure that products are locally sourced and Fife-grown where possible, including ingredients for its world renowned and award winning ice cream.
Taste Our Best, a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government, is designed to recognise businesses including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs that not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote Scottish produce on their menus, giving consumers more choice.
The scheme provides businesses with an assessment of their food provision and their menu by qualified assessors, with those meeting the necessary criteria gaining the award.
Owen and Nicola Hazel, owners of Jannettas Gelateria, said: “When we undertook our refurbishment not only was it a chance to change the look and feel of the business but also to create a new and exciting menu, which closely considered the seasonality and provenance of the food we sourced, used and produced. We believe not only that it will enhance our customer’s experience, but it will also give us a fantastic platform to source and select from great Scottish food and drink producers within Fife and beyond. As a small family business, we know how important it is to support each other and give our customers the very best quality and experience.
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “From restaurants to Scotland’s built heritage, chippies to ferries, Taste Our Best is open to any business with a food and drink offering. With research finding that three out of four visitors think eating local cuisine will enhance their visit, Taste Our Best really is a recipe for success.”
It is estimated that tourism’s contribution to Scotland’s food and drink industry is worth £2.5m per day to country’s economy with sampling traditional dishes and local produce among the top activities undertaken by visitors to Scotland.
Find out more about the Taste Our Best scheme at http://www.visitscotland.org/business_support/quality_assurance/restaurants.aspx