Champion of the Week
Monica Sardisco, Owner of Sicily Restaurant
My name is Monica Sardisco. Me and my partner Peppe Barone run a small family restaurant together called Sicily Restaurant.
We want our customers to feel a warm and friendly welcome when visiting and experience the feeling of being in Sicily.
Our Sicilian chefs work hard every day, making fresh pasta and authentic recipes ensuring guests experience the authentic Sicilian cuisine.
How would you describe Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, using only three words?
Peaceful, Joyful and Unique
Describe something you have seen, heard about or experienced locally that has made you smile.
I often enjoy walking into Chesterfield Town Centre where many people greet me and share lovely comments about my Restaurant.
One specific occasion that always stands out to me, was when I was in the bank waiting to pay my bill, when a customer of ours approached me. The lady was so kind and talkative that I completely forgot about paying my bills and left the bank!
How have you or your team been thinking creatively to keep your business succeeding or to maintain strong relationships with your customers and suppliers?
As a team, we try to be as active as possible on social media. We like to share pictures of our special dishes on our Facebook page along with customer feedback.
We always use Italian suppliers and search for new products from Italy to share with Chesterfield.
What have you or your company been doing to support the mental health of your team?
Our staff are treated like part of our family. So much that we make it a necessity to check up on one another. I believe this keeps our working environment more comfortable for our staff.
How are you, your business or your team supporting local people?
We love walking into the town centre, where you can find many independent businesses. It’s always nice to shop and support local businesses.
Which business idea or community initiative has impressed you recently and why?
Every year I look forward to the Christmas light switch on, I love to walk around and see the Christmas decorations and lights in Chesterfield.
What is the best thing about working or running a business in Chesterfield or North Derbyshire?
The customers and the Chesterfield community; they are like our second family. Sicily Restaurant has only been open since 2019, but we already have a lot of regular customers who support us.
What is your vision for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire in 2030? What do you think the town needs to achieve this?
I really hope that in 2030 the economy will be better for the whole of England, and as a result we will see increased employment which the local community of Chesterfield will benefit from.