Help us save Ai Normanni - Celebrate Italian food

by GIANMARCO TROIA in Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Italy

Help us save Ai Normanni - Celebrate Italian food
We did it
On 20th May 2020 we successfully raised £1,575 with 29 supporters in 56 days

Celebrate Italian Food and Wine. Get rewarded. Then plan you Italian trip and visit us, taste our cuisine, love our wine. Enjoy Italy!

by GIANMARCO TROIA in Palermo, Provincia di Palermo, Italy

We are Marilena and Marco, of Trattoria Ai Normanni, in Palermo (Italy). Marco is an Industrial Engineer and Entrepreneur, but his passion is cooking. He worked as a self taught chef, before we started the restaurant in April 2019. Marilena was a Marketing Director, and now she manages the restaurant. We met two years ago, during an business trip and this event  completely changed our life.

In April 2019, we acquired a historical restaurant in Palermo. Trattoria Ai Normanni is located in the very center, close to Palazzo dei Normanni and Ballarò Market. 

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for our business, which is going to make it very challenging for us to survive. So now we need your help to keep dreaming.

We dream of taking a new approach by rewarding our customers, by sharing with them the products we use in the restaurant.

We dream of being a “trattoria” that takes its responsibility to our employees very seriously, that aims to be a force for good. This crowdfunder will enable us let them keep working even if we are suffering a huge disruption.  

We dream of having a beautiful and successful “trattoria”, an Italian-style eating establishment that is generally less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an “osteria”, focus on food quality and typical Sicilian food and wine. 

We dream of becoming a business able to grow and to deep its roots into this place, help it become a real driver for good change in the local community, and help to tell the story of this historical venue.

This is your opportunity to help us make these dreams a reality. If you’ve tried our food and wine, then the idea that we can create amazing things from simple ingredients will not be news to you. We’d love you to join us on the journey to take this experience to another level. 

So, want to get a dose of Italian food and wine without leaving your country and want to be rewarded for making it happen? Want to plan your trip in Italy and visit us, while enjoying a fancy dinner with genuine and typical Sicilian food?
Then support our campaign to let our restaurant survive.

Trattoria Ai Normanni started the restaurant in 1996, in the stable of Palazzo Vaccarizzo, by Manzella family, our mentors. We acquired the restaurant in April 2019 and since then have learnt so much; we have been reassured, humbled and surprised by the regular custom, our consistently great feedback and the growth and expansion we have managed quite organically in the past year. We do believe this venue has an incredible potential and we are so excited about the future for us here. That's why we rocked our lives.

We don't want to restrict ourselves and our team due to Covid crisis, or our future . We want to grow to the next step again so we can take on more staff again; we can do more; we can open more; we can make the menu bigger and continue to expand on what we have already established.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Name on Supporters’ Page on Website

Your name splashed on the Ai Normanni's website, so the world knows you’re a Sicilian Food Lover!

£25 or more

8 of 100 claimed

Magic Wine Moments

Get a delicious bottle of Sicilian wine that you can drink with your loved ones. We will deliver the bottle to your address.

£70 or more

3 of 100 claimed

Sicily in a Gift

Get a gift box with 3 typical preserved Sicilian food, 1 bottle of olive of oil and 1 bottle of wine. We will deliver the gift box to your address.

£100 or more

Lunch or Dinner for two with wine

A three course lunch dinner each with a bottle of our best wine. You can redeem this voucher when you prefer without time limit.

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