Tuck Box: Italian coup for Fox Valley

Stefano Ispani (centre) with staff Desiree Carrino & Wojciech Plis
Stefano Ispani (centre) with staff Desiree Carrino & Wojciech Plis
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London-based Ponti’s Italian Kitchen has announced its first opening outside the capital – at the new £50m Fox Valley development in north Sheffield, due to be launched in June.

The family-run firm, headed by Stefano Ispani, has its culinary heritage in the town of Piacenza, northern Italy. It has two well-established London restaurants.

In addition to a 150-cover restaurant, Ponti’s will feature a spumante bar with balcony as well as outdoor fire pits and grounds with a fountain.

“We are creating the authentic feel of a real Italian kitchen with the warmth and passion for fantastic home cooking,” says Stefano. “This is a wonderful opportunity to design and develop our restaurant from the ground up.”


Top of the bill at the Showroom café bar on Saturday is a gourmet food and beer event. Head chef Jon Tite has created a five-course meal, each dish paired with a locally-brewed Stancill’s ale, introduced by the brewers. Tickets £30.


Businesses in Sheffield are being urged to get cooking – to help their staff enjoy better health. Community interest company Let’s Get Cooking at Work is inviting businesses to try out its training in a special lunchtime session on Friday, February 26, at its HQ in the Cathedral Quarter. For details call 0114 2996901.


Bishops Coffee House at Norton Lees is hosting a bistro night on Saturday.

Three courses, each with three choices, for £22 per person – mains include duck, salmon or lamb. Bring your own wine.