Eat well, live well, love life
To deliver excellence while expanding our awareness of the importance to eat well, to live well, while creating opportunity and wealth for all concerned and connecting us with natural resources.
We have made it our life long passion to serve quality food & drink here in the heart of St Ives, in a stylish yet warm & welcoming environment for everyone who walks through our door here at The old bank. Our goal is to create dishes using local, fresh & seasonal ingredients taking age old recipes past down through generations while being open to our ever changing modern world. We hope that you will become a lifelong customer here at Di Rita’s embracing our culture to “Eat Well, Live Well, Love Life” through our desire to reconnect with nature & our passion for food.
Di Rita’s at No.2 (The Old Bank)
2 The Pavement, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5AD
More than a business
Di Rita’s is a project with a vision. We are passionate and honest in our vision to raise the bar and set new standards. We believe everyone has the ability to grow and develop into the greatest version of themselves, we take great pleasure in supporting people through the creation of opportunity, training and friendship.
The right foods
Consuming the right foods is also key in our development. Food is fuel and medicine for our bodies and understanding the pro’s and con’s of what we eat is vital in our natural quest to live a life of longevity and wealth. Connecting ourselves with the natural resources available to us from our land can provide a new future of health and happiness.
We support farm to fork cuisine reducing the need the check the ingredients, if it fell from a tree or sprouted from the ground…then we want it on our plate, sowed and reaped with our own hands from local soil is our truest belief while supporting other local businesses in the process. We will continue to work hard on Di Rita’s Farm developing the future.
Our growing business
Di Rita’s Italian Cuisine
Di Rita’s opened Di Rita’s Italian cuisine in July 2016. It was with such heartbreak that we had to close the restaurant due to Covid19- one could say it was like our hearts and been ripped out! – however we all had to do the right thing. We continued working hard on Di Rita’s Farm growing for our future. October 2021 became Di Rita’s at No.2 (The Old Bank) at The Pavement, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5AD
When Covid restrictions were eased we opened our restaurant doors on Saturday 4 July to once again light up Bridge Street. That was a special day for us as it marked our four year anniversary of being in business! An emotional night I am sure! Chef Luigi, Chef Andrew, Chef Hannah were excited to be back! October 2021 became Di Rita’s at No.2 (The Old Bank) at The Pavement, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5AD
Di Rita’s Pizzeria & Deli
Di Rita’s Pizzeria & Deli opened April 2019- (the idea behind this was that you can have a clean take away without feeling guilty. The concept behind the pizzeria was fuelled by Andrew Di Rita who visited a supermarket and whilst researching happened to pick up a pizza box…turned over to read the ingredients and it had 28 ingredients in that pizza. Some of which didn’t even relate to food. You have to think what are we putting in our bodies! Pizza is a simple recipe and the dough should be left untouched without chemicals or preservatives which in time effect our bodies. We make fresh daily slow rising sourdough. We do not have a freezer on the premises so it is as fresh as it comes and once the dough has run out..it really has run out for the evening as we cannot pull another tray out from a freezer as back up. We believe in only fresh.
The deli & pizzeria have stayed open all the way through lockdown. Delivering to customers in isolation. Before lockdown we were never set up for delivery so we had to organise this fast. We have been delivering throughout the day delicious bakery and deli items, afternoon teas, trays of lasagne to name a few and of course delivery of our pizzas in the evening. We are proud that we have been able to give you a little bit of normality. We have made sure we deliver on time for birthday celebrations. Customers who were meant to be in Italy this year…we have created an Italian day for them which of course consisted of our exclusive Italian wines
Di Rita’s at No.2 (The Old Bank)
Pizza Pasta Wine Restaurant
Here at Di Rita’s all our pizza dough is left to slowly rise for 24-48 hours and then baked at very high temperatures for a very light and airy sourdough pizza. Our toppings are always fresh, Fior Di Latte mozzarella and Italian tomatoes, only organic flour – all of which is sent to us directly from Naples.
Bakery / Deli Shop/ Breakfast / Bakery Lunch / Coffee House
We are proud to bring a traditional bakery back to St.Ives. Fresh daily breads made from organic flour and our famous sourdough breads from our own culture “Sofia the sourdough”. Baking has been in our family for generations…in fact our first family bakery opened in the U.K. during the war in Cambridge.
Da Vinci Dining Room
Afternoon Tea 12:00 – 14:30
Join us in our beautiful Da Vinci dining room full of creative art which will leave you feeling truly inspired and creative.
Evening Private Dining for parties of over 10 guests available from November 2021