Delicacy simmers to a boil
FIRE in the Belly is in seventh heaven after being named Northern NSW's finest pizzeria for the seventh year running.
The 2012 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence announced this week that the Lismore eatery had again been named the best pizza restaurant in Northern NSW.
Fire in the Belly was one of two businesses in the Northern Rivers to win an award while nine others were recognised as finalists.
Restaurant owner Tracey Krahenbring said it was an honour to be recognised by the awards again this year.
"I'm really pleased to be recognised as being consistently good at what we do," she said of the seventh straight award.
Mrs Krahenbring said the award was great recognition of her staff.
"Everyone puts in the hard yards," she said. "The award is more for them [the staff] than for me."
Mrs Krahenbring said what set Fire in the Belly apart from other pizza businesses was not cutting corners and only using the best ingredients.
"We make simple, very affordable, good healthy food," she said.
Byron Bay's Fig Tree restaurant was also named restaurant of the year and will now compete in the national finals being held in Brisbane later this year.
Restaurant and Catering chief executive John Hart said it was important to honour venues with these awards.
"These outstanding venues that have been anonymously judged and rigorously reviewed against the entire dining experience rather than a single food or service dimension."
Other Northern Rivers finalists included Lennox Head's Blackboard at the Beach, Lennox Head Pizza and Pasta, Ballina's Evolution Cafe and Wine bar, Harvest Cafe at Newrybar, Alstonville's Orio Cafe patisserie and bar and Lismore's Gateway Restaurant and Bar.