The DRG won Family Business of the Year

The DRG won Family Business of the Year (Large) at this years The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards

SCOTLAND’S top family firms were celebrated last night at The Herald’s Scottish Family Business Awards in association with Business Gateway.

The DRG were delighted to win Family Business of the Year (Large) at this years The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards.

The Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group (The DRG) is Scotland’s largest independently owned restaurant operator and a truly family business, founded by Joe Conetta and his nephew, Mario Gizzi, in 1983 with the creation of the Glasgow institution, Di Maggio’s.

Thirty years later, Mario is still at the helm, co-managing the business with Joe’s son, Tony Conetta with Cristina Macleod, Tony’s niece, entering the business as a restaurant manager, making her the third generation to join the family firm.

DRG is a dynamic and rapidly expanding company and now has 18 restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and 5 food court outlets in Scotland, Belfast and Manchester.

Brands within the DRG include Di Maggio’s, Café Andaluz, Amarone, Barolo, The Anchor Line, Atlantic and Cadiz.

Mario Gizzi and Tony Conetta have created and developed a highly skilled and loyal team around them to grow the company their family founded. The DRG employs over 900 people, but has not lost the personal feel of a family owned and run business.

Mario Gizzi director said: “It is a family business, with family core values at its heart. Our moto ‘our family serving your family’, encompasses the ethos of the business. Tony and I are delighted to have won this prestigious award”

The event was hosted by Sanjeev Kohli and attended by over 320 guests who gathered at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.