Menulog has revealed local Dianella pizzeria, Mario’s Pizza, as the winner of its first-ever ‘Menulog People’s Choice Award’ as part of its bi-annual award series which recognises and rewards local restaurants. The online food delivery service invited restaurants to nominate themselves for the prestigious title and for Australians to then vote for their favourite Menulog restaurant.
Mario’s Pizzeria, a family owned and operated restaurant, has been long known as a local institution in Perth’s Inner Northern Suburbs, an unofficial title that has now been validated with thousands of customer votes! Previously a regional winner for the ‘Best Pizza’ in Perth, Mario’s Pizza prides itself on the best quality local ingredients and providing top quality pizza for its customers.
Owner, Mario Franchina, said of the win: “Menulog has given us the chance to expose our business to more people. A big percentage of our business is online delivery from Menulog and it has become a necessary tool for us. It’s surreal that so many of our customers and people in our local community have voted for us. It means a lot that we have so many customers getting behind us. We’ve received a lot of support with people messaging us and letting us know that their family and friends have all voted for us, which is absolutely brilliant.”
Mario’s Pizza has been awarded with $5,000 in cash as part of the People’s Choice Award. Runner-up, Doughman Pizza, also took home a $2,500 cash – their loyal customer base called out the authentic Italian cuisine and fresh toppings in the voting. Lucky voters were also rewarded with $2,500 worth of vouchers up for grabs throughout the month-long voting period. Menulog’s Commercial Director, Rory Murphy said, “The Menulog Restaurant Awards are a great way to celebrate the hard work of Menulog restaurants across Australia and New Zealand. The all new People’s Choice Award now opens the competition up to more restaurants than ever before and gives our customers the chance to get involved and, support their favourite local eateries.”
Menulog’s Restaurant Awards program recognises an overall national winner, as well as state winners. This season, The Island Hut Cafe in NSW, took out the national gong, with state winners including:
- ACT – Wokitup Queanbeyan
- NSW – Nice Noodle & Rice Bar
- QLD – Desire Indian Restaurant
- VIC – Jing Jing Thai Food
- WA – Turbo Sushi
- SA – Tandoori Temptations
- TAS – La Bella Pizza
The Menulog Restaurant Awards will kick off again in 2019, with the next season’s recipients to be announced in Summer 2018/19.
Learn more about this year’s winners on the Menulog Restaurant Awards site here: restaurantawards.menulog.com.au