The Capetti Story
Let's jump forward to 1951. Albertino Capetti had made the journey from the small Tuscan village of Scansano to England, looking for work as a miner. It was in his new hometown of Bath that he met and married Amelia, who herself had travelled from the northern Italian town of Castelfranco Veneto, just a few years earlier in the aftermath of the war.
Whilst Amelia worked in service for the British Army in Malmesbury, Albertino, discontent with a life in the coalfields, began selling groceries from the back of his van to fellow Italian miners. Soon, it wasn't just Italians buying his carefully selected goods, and increased demand urged Albertino to open his very own delicatessen on New King Street in Bath.
Before long, Albertino's love for good, honest food led to the opening of his first restaurant; Tino's, a huge pizzeria situated next to Bath's Theatre Royal. It was here that the Capetti name came to life, and Tino was soon well known for bringing traditional Italian pizzas to the residents, tourists artists and actors of Bath. It was also here that Albertino shared his passion and skills with his two young sons; Vittorio and Ivano.
In 1989 they opened Capetti's restaurant on Pultney Bridge in Bath, and after a successful 14 years embarked on separate (pizza related) adventures. Tino's legacy is still going strong - from Vic's Zia Pizza in Westbury, to right here with Ivano at Pizzeria Amici.
Even in Italy, 'Capetti' is not a common family name. So the story goes, Great Nonno Capetti was an abandoned orphan, brought up nameless in a nunnery. He needed a family name, and the nuns ensured he had one. So it's thanks to Caterina, Angelina, Paola, Elena, Tazia, Teresa and Isabella, of that small Italian nunnery, that the Capetti name lives on today.