Wow...2020....what was that?! Who would have thought when we were dancing the night away on NYE we would be heading for the year we have just had! It was with such heartache that we had to close the doors for the first time back in March. We cannot explain the feeling we felt- one could say it was like ripping our hearts out and leaving us numb. Saying goodbye to the team just like that!
Di Rita’s is not just a place of work it is our life and our family all in one. Our children Ilaria & Gino who many of you have come to know in the last few weeks are a massive part of our family business and being part of the St.Ives community makes us beyond proud!! When you buy from us you buy from a dream...it may just be a bag of pasta or a loaf of bread from the bakery but to us it means so much more...it means you have decided to spend your money with us and this we will be eternally grateful for!
We cannot thank you enough for your kind words and support throughout. At one point a few days after closing myself and one of our regular customers just stood in the middle of our bakery and sobbed...I think our faces said it all...heartbroken! This is a moment I will never forget and when I look back at this moment I can say with confidence that Di Rita’s has given much more than we give ourselves credit for.
So...we done what Di Rita’s does best...we held our heads up high and pulled our sleeves up and got planning for the future! We had to say goodbye to the restaurant team for a while whilst some supported the DiRita’s Pizzeria & Deli on Merryland. We worked extremely hard throughout lockdown to keep things going and delivery to our customers in isolation so birthdays, wedding anniversaries could all still be celebrated. From afternoon tea deliveries to deli and bakery items pizzas, wines, prosecco and much more! We quickly developed a system for delivery having had no experience before and our much loved Chef Hannah, Chef Andrew and myself were delivering out to as many as we could.
The year has been a yo-yo of events. Open close...open close....and here we find ourselves closed again with no opening date as of yet....BUT St.Ives...please remember this...we will all rise again and we will all thrive again but this time with more compassion and gratitude for life. We will get through this together!!....and Di Rita’s will be waiting to serve you once again!! So let’s raise a glass to a better year ahead. Thank you so much to team Di Rita’s...we have certainly been each other’s rocks this year in more ways than one and I for one will never forget the support we all gave each other....we did it team Di Rita’s....we did it!
Our Pizzeria & Deli is open from 9am today and ready for New Year’s Eve pizza deliveries so make sure you place your order today. The team at the pizzeria & deli will then be taking a well earned break as we close from 1st January and re open on Wednesday 13 January. Thank you everyone! ❤️🥂🇮🇹 #stives #localbusiness #italian #2020