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Victory in Europe | A Day of celebration at A Mano

Added on: 6th June, 2020 by O1

Victory in Europe | A Day of celebration at A Mano

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Sat, 6 June 2020

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VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) 2020 marked 75 years since World War II in Europe ended, following the formal acceptance by the Allies of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

On Tuesday 8th May 1945, celebrations erupted across the western world. In London huge crowds gathered from Trafalgar Square, up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before jubilant crowds.

This year, street parties were postponed for obvious reasons, but celebrations took place in homes across the country, as we also remember the terrifying numbers of armed forces personnel who gave so much.


One individual who risked his life and that of his family, was Mr Domenico Antonio Persechini, Grandfather of A Mano co-owner, Maria Zoccola. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy, Domenico harboured two British soldiers saving them from inevitable capture by the Nazis.


Bruno and Maria Zoccola presenting Orpington RBL president Kim Botting and chairman Steve Susans with a framed copy of the letter of gratitude from Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander, Supreme Allied Commander of the Mediterranean Forces.





At a special event on Thursday 13th February 2020, the A Mano team and members of the extended Zoccola family were joined by members of Orpington’s Royal British Legion where they were presented with a framed copy of the letter from Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander, Supreme Allied Commander of the Mediterranean Forces, expressing his gratitude and appreciation to Mr Persechini for his bravery.

In commemoration of this shared moment in British and Italian history, A Mano introduced the definitive Anglo Italian creation, ‘The Full English Pizza’!


As with every A Mano pizza, the dough base is made fresh, using British Shipton Mill flour with an artisanal Italian recipe and topped with mozzarella, back bacon, Cumberland sausage, mushrooms, tomato, free-range egg and baked beans.

Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, A Mano Coffee Bar & Kitchen will donate £1 to The Royal British Legion, Orpington for every ‘Full English Pizza’ sold.


Owner, Bruno Zoccola, said, “Here at A Mano, we want to remember all of those who selflessly gave their lives at home and abroad. Their sacrifice enabled us to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today, and this our way of paying tribute to them.”




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