20 Years In Kibworth!!

In October we shall be celebrating the 20th anniversary of our life in Kibworth!

We moved in August 1999 and within 2 short months had turned around the old David Snelling Violins shop into our first restaurant, Firenze!

Our girls were only 1 and 4 years old and we Polis lived upstairs in the flat. . . we thought it would be small affair this new business of ours, just the two of us and a few part-timers to help out at weekends!  We thought we would open mid-week so we would not be too busy, revving up for the weekend, which we hoped would be a little busier!!

Hmmmm . . . the restaurant was rammed, from the day we opened, 26th October, to the day we closed for Christmas, 23rd December . . . we were welcomed with open arms, encouraged by those who knew us from the Welford Place days in Leicester, and quickly supported by our new community here in Kibworth!

We also quickly recognised the need for more staff, babysitters, cleaners and bookkeepers . . . . to start with we tried to do it all ourselves but that was not going to work!!!

From those first humble beginnings, we have enjoyed the praise and attention of the guides and the foodie journalists, but most importantly, the enthusiasm of our regulars, which is a list that is forever and still growing.

2007 saw the arrival of Boboli and 2013 the exciting rebrand of Firenze to The Lighthouse, and currently we have about 50 local people on our payroll!!!!

So, 20 years on, we can reflect on what has been a hell of a ride!  With gratitude and affection for the awards, accolades, staff, customers and altogether wonderful people and memories that we have been blessed with . . .

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Grazie Mille

Sarah & Lino x

20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ

Question 2: What year did we open Firenze?

Just answer in the comments below and we’ll enter you into our prize draw celebrating our 20th anniversary! (Please be sure to put your email address on your comment so that we can contact you if you’re one of our lucky winners)

Look out for other 20th anniversary quiz questions on our future blog posts.  Prize draw winners to be announced on 1st January 2020.

Some of our favourite foods . . .

This year sees us Polis hitting our 20th anniversary . . .20 years since we opened the doors at 9 Station Street and 12 since we opened at 88 Main Street!!

Favourite dishes have come and gone, but there are some that have remained firmly on the menu over the years . . .

From Firenze followers there was always a clamouring for our home-made pastas.  In particular, I recall the spinach and ricotta “Raviolo”, one big ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta with a perfect, softly cooked egg yolk perched in the middle that kinda flooded out as you cut through the delicious fresh pasta . . . heavenly!

Similar interpretations have made their way on Boboli’s menu . . . Rotoli, rolled pasta sheets stuffed with spinach and ricotta; Crespelle, pancakes, which take the same stuffing very well; and recently the large pasta shells have become a new vehicle too . . . all very Italian and delicious.

Our, now popular, Lasagne della Nonna had a shaky start when we first launched Boboli, (the Nonna bit is a thin layer of cooked ham added to the pasta layers . . . an inspirational addition by Lino’s Mumma) but now it is top of the pops, so much so that we can hardly keep up with it!!

And of course, our Pizzas, striking gold on a regular basis too.  The dough is made every day from scratch with the fabulous Sharpham Park spelt flour and the variety of toppings will keep everyone satisfied.

Our lovely little “pick me up” Tiramisu, (that’s the exact translation by the way!!) has never been removed from the menu either!

 At The Lighthouse, we have enjoyed such encouraging responses to many of our dishes that we have found a fairly regular pattern to our menus here as well.

Scallops and Prawns always feature with a stunning garnish of the season; Fish (always haddock) and Chips, batter made with Langton Breweries beer from up the road, and the Smoked Haddock and Spinach Cheese Soufflé are both without doubt the most popular dishes on the menu.  We’ve dared to change the accompaniment with the Soufflé once or twice, but honestly, why change it when it is so universally loved.  We often drop the haddock and add some extra greens to make it veggie friendly too!

Ciao for now!

Sarah x

20th Anniversary Quiz

Question 1: What do you think has been the most permanent feature on all our menus over the past 20 years?

Just answer in the comments below and we’ll enter you into our prize draw celebrating our 20th anniversary! (Please be sure to put your email address on your comment so that we can contact you if you’re one of our lucky winners)

Look out for other 20th anniversary quiz questions on our future blog posts.  Prize draw winners to be announced on 1st January 2020.

Summer Spritzes!!!

We are Spritz mad at Boboli and The Lighthouse . . . and they certainly seem to be much loved by our wonderful, sparkling regulars!!!

It caused me to wonder about the origins . . . the first Spritz according to my sources were from Austria, the classic white wine and sparkling water. Early in the 1900s the Italians started mixing it up with Aperol and sparkling wine (I think this is my fave) and then we all went a bit crazy for it.

Limoncello with prosecco and lemonade is dangerously like lemon sherbet, but alcoholic!!! Elderflower with a splash of gin for good measure? I suspect as dangerously drinkable as the Limoncello.

Thanks to the wonderful Two Birds Strawberry and Vanilla Gin, we went all fruity with our Strawberry Spritz and more recently for the sophisticate we had a go with Sloe Gin, prosecco and soda . . . very classy.

The Bicicletta is another Italian throwback, Campari, white wine and soda, I do find the bitter so refreshing I have to say!

Portonic Spritz is another special we serve, simply, crisp white port with Fever Tree tonic water, best with a wedge of lime and sprig of fresh mint!

The flavoured gins make for good mixing too, especially the Italian Malfy range, Lemon, Blood Orange and the fabulous Pink Grapefruit, all made with the stunning fruits of Sicilia, what’s not to love!

Either way, clink, fizz and spritz away the summer days with us we will be more than happy to oblige!

 A presto!

Sarah x

Posted on June 7, 2019 .