337 High Street, Lower Hutt
Mediterranean Food Warehouse, Lower Hutt, opened in October 2009. We have now rebranded in February 2018 to Giuseppe's.
Owners Joe and Michele Elenio embarked on this business because Joe, a builder for most of his life, wanted to carve out a new career path and Michele’s strong interest in food and hospitality led to an interest in opening a cafe.
There are three arms to this business.
The caffe/restaurant provides a comprehensive range of traditional wood fired pizzas, topped with delicious toppings including artichokes, prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes and anchovy fillets. There are ready to eat options in the cabinet and made to order fresh pasta dishes and risotto, savoury and sweet counter food. Gluten free/dairy free options are catered for, along with other dietary requirements. We serve Vittoria coffee at our premises and its quality means have a regular clientèle of coffee drinkers. As a small business we take extra care to ensure that we provide high quality food and consistently good service.
The restaurant is also home to regular entertainment evenings with musicians such as Grant “Quinny” Quinn, The Andrew London Duo, Tonic, Lydia McDonnell and O’Flynt. These evenings have increased in popularity over the past eight years. Our diners enjoy the charming Mediterranean environment that’s created by good food, excellent wines and music from such memorable personalities as Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti and other Italian folk music.
The large, airy restaurant provides an ideal venue for functions, special occasions, demonstrations, pizza banquet evenings and children’s pizza making classes.
The second part of the business is a huge range of beautiful food imported from the Mediterranean. Our well stocked shop boasts a large range of Rummo pasta , passata genuine tomato sauce, olives, European cheeses and oils to salami, cured meats and a variety of other antipasto items that enhance a meal and build the appetite. While Russia and Poland may be a bit distant from the sun-baked Mediterranean we have responded to customer demand by stocking some of their foodstuffs as well. Our gift baskets are full of delectable surprises and custom made to suit the shopper’s budget, tastes and purpose.
Joe takes care of the third part of our business, our increasing number of trade customers. Giuseppe's in Lower Hutt has become the go-to place for restaurants and other outlets, many of them located well beyond the city.
Savour the Mediterranean experience right now at 337 High Street, Lower Hutt.