AN ITALIAN restaurant in Coventry will mark this Saturday’s Wasps game against Italian side Zebre by cooking up a cultural treat.
Family-run Etna Restaurant in the city centre will be serving up its own special pizza in honour of the Italian side’s visit to the region.
The European Rugby Champions Cup tie will make a small mark in the history of rugby in the city as Zebre will be the first professional rugby team from Italy to play in the city.
Named ‘The Zebre’, the new pizza recreates the black and white club crest using mozzarella and olives.
Carmelo Grasso, manager at the Etna restaurant – which has been trading on Hertford Street for more than 35 years – said he couldn’t resist doing something to mark the occasion.
He added: “I first moved to the city from Italy 50 years ago, so to finally have an Italian team playing on my doorstep after so long is exciting news.
“We entertain a lot of rugby fans who pass through the city centre on Wasps match days, and they’re all buzzing about their start to the season.
“A sharing of the spoils would be great from my point of view, and a visit from some of my Italian friends would really top the day off.”
Visit www.wasps.co.uk for tickets for Saturday’s game.