Speranza pizzeria and restaurant, located in the heart of Belfast City, was opened in 1983 by Salvo Liberante and Tony Giordano and under the management of the Fanning family since 2006.Recently it has been refurbished with a total new Italian look, incorporating both a traditional classic Mediterranean style and a stylish modern one, which is the concept behind the restaurant, classic Italian food with a modern twist.Mel Asta had a chat with Speranza’s Maria Puccia:
How long have you been in Belfast?
I have been living in Belfast since 2007 beginning to work in Speranza as a waitress, also helping my brother Emanuele who is now Speranza’s manager. I belong to a family of pizza chefs and making pizza is, for me, a fun filled hobby, a tradition within my family.

Maria Puccia with her brother Speranza's manager Emanule Puccia
Any special offers in Speranza’s?
Yes, there are lots of special offers going on at the moment; 20 % off on Sundays from 3pm to 6pm and from Monday to Thursday from 4 to 6pm. It is also open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12-2.30pm at only 5 pounds.Italian food and passion for clothes go hand in hand; where do you like to shop and who is your fashion icon?
I love all the high street shops but in particular Miss Sixty , Jane Norman, Dune, Zara.
Monica Bellucci
I do not have a fashion icon as such but I do admire Monica Bellucci’s style and she is well known worldwide; I also like Armani style a lot, as it is classy and never goes out of fashion.
Words by Mel Asta
Photos by ©Fabrizio Belluschi/Luca Matteo

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