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Bella Napoli Glasgow

Bottle Cooling, with Italian style

When Glaswegian chef, Domenico Crolla,
decided to re-vamp his popular Bella Napoli
restaurant in the city, he knew his back bar
drinks cooling equipment had to make as much
of an impact as the top quality Italian dishes on
the menu – so he asked Gamko for help.

Gamko at Bella Napoli

Foster Refrigerator and Gamko dealer, Offrex
Catering Equipment were chosen to work
on this installation because of an existing
business relationship with the restaurant.
Crolla, wanted to modernise the Bella Napoli
restaurant, to update the décor without
losing any of the rustic charm and relaxed
atmosphere which Bella Napoli customers love.

Serving a wide menu of traditional Italian and
Mediterranean foods, from lunch until dinner,
this busy venue had to make sure its drinks
were cooled to perfection and displayed to
catch the customer’s eye without dominating
and changing the ambience of the intimate

Crolla said: “We were looking for attractive
drinks cooling equipment that offered quality,
reliability and longevity. Such renovations are
a big investment and we need to make sure the
equipment will work properly and last a long
time, for at least another 10 years.

He added: “We already use a range of Foster
Refrigerator equipment, so we were really
pleased to look at Foster’s sister company,
Gamko, and its drinks cooling range as we
knew straight away the sister brand would
feature the same quality we expect.”

Gamko Regional Business Manager Stuart
Grieves, said he worked alongside dealer
Franco Lizzeri, Director of Offrex Catering
Equipment, to provide Crolla with the right
drinks coolers to suit his needs.

He said: “We knew we wanted a range of
equipment to cool bottles of wine, beers and
soft drinks, so both counter level back bar
and cabinet size were needed. We conducted
a detailed assessment of the site to find out
which product would be best for the exact size
and capacity needed.

“The final selection included three Gamko
Maxiglass upright cabinets, which are great for
displaying product and hold large volumes of
wines or bottles, which means staff shouldn’t
have to replenish during service. We also
provided the restaurant with two counter-level
Maxiglass coolers for back bar use.”

As longevity and return on investment were a
crucial part of this brief, the Bella Napoli team
also chose one of Gamko’s market-leading
energy-saving E3 coolers.

The E3 is the latest model in Gamko’s successful
Eco-Line range, and is designed to be very
energy efficient, with 60% more energy
efficiency than Gamko’s ECO model, saving
operators around £175 per year in running
costs - the equivalent of 50 bottles of beer a

The outcome

Bella Napoli Chef, Domenico Crolla said the
impact of the new Gamko equipment has been

Crolla said: “We are really pleased with the
new equipment. We serve a lot of beverages
during both lunch and dinner times, and we
now know we can 100% rely on the Gamko
equipment to ensure the drinks are served at
the correct temperature, every time.

“What is more, the E3 is very efficient, so we are
saving on monthly running costs, and they look
great too!”