Distributor takes flight at Heathrow

Distributor Court Catering has taken flight at The Queens Terminal, Heathrow with an installation for Italian coffee house and kitchen concept Ca’puccino.

Court Catering was the winner of Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) Grand Prix Award 2014 for best installation for its work at The Sign of The Don for the Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group.

Ca’puccino is sited in a 140-seat prestige location, combining a speciality coffee and take away area, a signature restaurant and a fresh ice cream/chocolate bar including a children’s area for families.

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Currently with 11 sites in Italy including Rome, Milan and Bologna along with four other premium locations in the UK including Harrods and Westfield White City, the new Queen’s Terminal 2 location features interiors from Italian furniture designer Monica Lupi and Italy’s Costa Group.

It is also pioneering a unique ‘hybridisation concept’ in the take away area with its neighbour WH Smith, allowing for best-selling books, newspapers and magazines to bought in a single transaction alongside the Ca’puccino goodies.

Open from 5am to 11pm daily, Ca’puccino will provide breakfasts, a range of authentic Italian sandwiches based on traditional family recipes, such as Napoli consisting of buffalo mozzarella, vine ripened tomatoes and fresh basil on lightly toasted basil ciabatta, typical from the Campania Region, regional pasta dishes and salads, in addition to its Italian speciality coffees.

Ca’puccino’s coffees include regional specialities much loved by generations of Italians.

Fresh juices squeezed to order, handpicked Italian loose leaf teas, hot brewed coffees and milkshakes are available throughout the day.

There is also a selection of traditional Italian cocktails as well as wines and Prosecco. There is also a special children’s menu for ‘piccoli’ guests.

The overall design of the ice cream and chocolate bar creates a sense of space and elegance, features a number of the company’s signature Italian book displays, and replicates the tones and colour ways of a classic cappuccino.

New features include a specially created four-seater high table with mounted i-Pads and an adaptable event space, where food demonstrations, chocolate masterclasses and book signings are planned.

Ca’puccino founders and major shareholders Giacomo Moncalvo and Maurizio Raviolo wanted to create a homely, stylish and premium environment reflecting classic Italian traditions, but with a strong, design-led contemporary feel.

Chief Operating Officer, Sofia Dimen says: “In line with our heritage we have sourced the best of everything from Italy in our fixtures, fittings and interiors. We live and breathe ‘made in Italy’ from our handmade wood, glass and stainless steel counters to our luxurious leather armchairs and unique fibreglass statement lampshades.

"We have worked extremely hard making all our key operations and assets as sustainable as possible.

"Being able to create one space with many moods in such a large and prominent location has been very exciting for us, and we have worked hard to ensure that the passenger journey is as convenient and as relaxing as possible."

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