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Port Transition A Boost For Italian Eatery: Amalfi

Port Transition A Boost For Italian Eatery: Amalfi
Great Pacific Hotel managing director Shahed Ali with family and staff cut the cake during the Amalfi Italian Restaurant 9 th anniversary on Tuesday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 10
11:00 2017

The transition of Port Denarau Marina from a Sufferance Port to a full Port of Entry is a big boost for the eateries at the complex.

Amalfi Italian restaurant Food and Beverage manager Alini Tovolea said that this was a big boost for the restaurants including theirs.

She made the comments during their restaurant’s 9th anniversary on Tuesday night which was witnessed by the invited guests.

“As an official port of entry there will be more tourists, obviously more business for us,” Ms Tovolea said.

“We have to live up to the expectation; they are coming in so we have to lift our bar, our services to meet the standard.”

Successful nine years

A passion for bringing the best and most authentic of Italian cuisine to Fiji saw the opening of the restaurant on August 13, 2008.

Amalfi is named after a popular tourist town in Southern Italy.

“This is a successful story as it is the ninth year for Amalfi as a far as productivity, it has been actually established at the Port Denarau. It is a small Italian in Fiji since it’s the lone Italy restaurant,” she added.

“Over the last nine years, the restaurant has only grown and continues to improve. The up-selling by the staff, the know-how they have in terms of the wine pairing is essential when it comes to floor service and beverages.”

Training and Expansion

The restaurant has 20 staff members who are employed in shift work and currently there are two students from Technical College of Fiji have part of the training attachments.

“They have been with us for three months practical and we will continue to part of the community,” Ms Tovolea said.

“We try to develop our set up every month as now we do have a TV set outside due to sports, plans for the restaurant to be fully air-conditioned, in side and the introduction of a portable bar.”

She thanked Tappoo for choosing Amalfi as their venue for up-selling of their events such as the Cloudy Bay night few weeks ago.

“Three quarters of the wines served at Amalfi come from Tappoo and we are thankful to them for being a great partner,” she said.

Some wines distributed by the Tappoo Group are:

  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon blanc
  • Willoglen Cabernet merlot
  • Babich
  • Lake Chalice Merlot
  • McWilliams Shiraz cabernet
  • DB Chardonnay
  • DB Rose, Willoglen Brutt
  • Babich Pinot Grigio
  • Piccini Chianti
  • Toscana Piccini bianco
  • nJacobs Creek Rose
  • nJacobs Creek Moscato.


Edited by: Karalaini Waqanidrola


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