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Bar owner who brought a taste of Italy to Lynn to be remembered

For more than three decades it was a little taste of sunny Italy in Lynn and now there is to be a permanent reminder of those much-missed days.

Antonio Scotto de Marazzo, the ex-naval officer who opened Lynn’s first-ever authentic wine bar at Baxter’s Plain, is to be remembered with a new wooden bench in the town.

The bench has been provided by his widow, Titina, known as Tot.

Antonio Scotto Di Marrazzo, former owner of Antonio's Wine Bar in King's Lynn. Photo: SUBMITTED.. (29227317)
Antonio Scotto Di Marrazzo, former owner of Antonio's Wine Bar in King's Lynn. Photo: SUBMITTED.. (29227317)

And she will travel back to Lynn from her home in the Bay of Naples for its official unveiling this Thursday at noon.

It will be located outside the Majestic cinema, by the brick planters, looking towards the former wine bar which now houses the Taste of India restaurant.

All are welcome to attend the ceremony to be carried out by Tot and West Norfolk Council deputy leader, Elizabeth Nockolds.

As a restaurateur, Antonio, became a popular figure in the wine bar, often greeting his lady customers with a kiss on the hand, exuding his trademark Italian charm. He and his wife retired to his native Bay of Naples but sadly Antonio died suddenly in January 2018.

“Antonio was a well-known member of the local community who created countless happy memories for the many visitors to hIs wine bar,” said Mrs Nockolds, Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, heritage and health.

She added: “It is wonderful to mark the contribution that Antonio gave to King’s Lynn.”

Over more than 30 years the wine bar was open it became established as a popular eaterie and bar and, in its heyday, lots of Lynn people were regular customers enjoying a little slice of Italy in the town centre.

Its design and decor remained largely unchanged with its cubicle bench seating and orange corner entrance doors.

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