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Worthing Cafe wins latest Eat Well award for their fresh, Italian food cooked from the heart

Released: Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Eat Well - Adur & Worthing logo

The Cafe Buongiorno in Worthing has won a silver award for producing healthy, tasty Italian food.

They have been given the Eat Well award for offering healthy menu choices which are lower in sugar, salt and fat after an inspection by Adur & Worthing Council's food hygiene inspectors.

The restaurants joining the healthy eating project will be those given an Eat Out Eat Well award which is only awarded after visits by food hygiene inspectors like Wendy at Adur & Worthing Councils.

Under the scheme restaurants awarded top marks by our inspectors will donate a tasty recipe to local residents as part of a campaign to encourage healthy eating. Alongside the recipe, a nutritional therapist will explain the benefits of some of the ingredients.

This month the Eat Well recipe is designed to get you into the mood for love Italian style - with a delicious meal.

Wendy Anderson, Environmental Health Practitioner and project lead for Eat Well, said:

“Eating well can make a huge difference to our wellbeing and February is the perfect month to start. Xmas and new year seem such a long time ago now and with spring around the corner, it's a good time to think about what we are eating.”

“Eating well is becoming more and more important in modern life as our daily routines become more stressful and demanding. Love yourself and those you care about by making a commitment to eating foods packed with nutritional goodness.”

This month's recipe is from Eat Well winner Cafe Buongiorno in Montague Street, Worthing which is run by Roberta Dotti from Sardinia. Roberta said:

“Food has to be taken seriously, Italians take food seriously, in Sardinia the kitchen is often the biggest room in the house.”

Eating well at home is important and cooking is a family affair, Roberta remembers:

“even as a child cooking was a part of everyday life. We would make pasta with nonna, learn to cook by watching momma.”

But Roberta is adamant that you don't have to import Italian food to eat with the passion of an Italian.

“I believe in short food miles. There are some great fish, meat and local suppliers here. There is no need to get it delivered in a crate from Italy.”

Although the quality of the ingredients is important to Roberta, the way they are cooked and shared is equally important. Taking time to cook and share food with family and friends is great for well being. Roberta explains:

“When you cook with love, you put love into the food and people notice, they can tell it is made with love.”

Photo: Roberta Dotti from Buongiorno Cafe Bistro, Worthing

PR18-024 - Roberta Dotti from Buongiorno Cafe Bistro, Worthing

Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Val Turner, said:

“I think it's great that a Worthing Cafe has won this award. As well as people being able to eat healthily when they're out and about, the Eat Well scheme gives them the option to try healthy options at home too.”

Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Dave Simmons, added:

“Congratulations to the Bourgornio Cafe for providing fresh, tasty and wholesome food. It just goes to show that nutritious food can really pack a punch when it comes to flavour. Food cooked with care really helps with our general well being too.”

Why not show some love this Valentine's and cook this very special spaghetti dish? It's good for the heart in all senses of the word.

Eat Well: A Recipe for Love

Buongiorno Cafe's - Pasta Alla Puttanesca

“There is all of Italy in this recipe - all in one plate” ~ Roberta Dotti

PR18-024 - Buongiorno Cafe's Pasta Alla Puttanesca



Buongiorno Cafe's - Cocoa Powder Pasta Dough



Buon Appetito!!

Vegetarian / Vegan

Gluten Free if GF flour used.

Nutritional Information

Emma Walder - Nutritional therapist

Red is traditionally the colour love. Naturally red and purple foods contain anthocyanin which is a type of flavonoid, they are energising, protective and full of compounds that help to keep diseases at bay.

This month's recipe uses the humble red tomato which is seriously good for us.

Packed with vitamin E, biotin, vitamin B5 - helping to give us energy and important for healthy hair.

Lycopene - a strong antioxidant helping to keep cells healthy.

Dazzle your Valentine with strong glossy hair courtesy of eating tomatoes! Fresh and tinned are both good options. Fat enhances the absorption of lycopene so remember to add healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

Love is also about hearts. Some everyday foods are very good for heart health. For example, oats contain substances that help to lower cholesterol as does olive oil, and fresh fruit and veg are all heart friendly as they contain potassium.

Valentine's Day wouldn't be the same without chocolate.

The best kind of chocolate for health benefits is the dark mysterious variety - 70% cocoa solids or more. Cacao is a source of minerals such as:

Cacao also contains antioxidant compounds like resveratrol as well as other polyphenols which good for the heart and circulatory health.



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