The chic venue in Waterloo Street, Birmingham, owned by San Carlo Group, was shortlisted in two categories – Best Cocktail Bar and Best Italian Restaurant – and took first place in the best Italian vote beating stiff competition from across the region to the coveted top spot.
Fumo was judged on factors including offering an exciting menu of consistently high quality dishes, an innovative drinks menu, outstanding service and providing an authentic, traditional Italian experience.
Carlo Distefano, Chairman of the San Carlo Group, which was founded in Birmingham with the opening of San Carlo in Temple Street in 1992, said: “We are delighted with this latest award which recognises Fumo Birmingham as a restaurant which stands out from competitors.”
The Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards were launched this year to celebrate and profile the movement of the food, drink and hospitality industry in Birmingham, creating a platform to encourage and support future investment in this major revenue generator for the city.
Fumo launched in Birmingham city centre in June 2012 and serves cicchetti – small dishes of Venetian tapas – and cocktails everyday from 11.30am until late. A second Fumo opened at One St Peter’s Square, Manchester in December 2014.