History – Our story
Now into its fifth decade Don Pasquale has survived the test of time. Due to its loyal clientele and fans from afar.
Restaurant doors first opened in June 1973. It was well known for fine-dining in the heart of Cambridge. Ever since Don Pasquale has been the hub of the Cambridge market square.
In 1990 a-la-carte dining moved to our first and second floors while the restaurant concept on the ground floor and basement changed to a Pizzeria and Gelateria.
In 2007 the two Pasquales took over the day-to-day running of the restaurant allowing their fathers to take a back seat. The cousins have continued to develop the restaurant and have now created an exclusive members lounge on the first and second floors.
Locals, shoppers, tourists and businesses enjoy the family welcome and the restaurant provides true Italian family dining in a lively and fun atmosphere.
12a Club – The exclusive members lounge provides friendly, knowledgeable, attentive service in elegant surroundings. Coupled with the relaxed atmosphere and world-class bartenders assures a memorable experience.
Pasquale Benedetto (Big Pasky)
In addition to formal training he has learnt traditional skills from his mother, aunties and nonna. He creates innovative food as well as maintaining the consistency of established favourties.
Pasquale Benedetto (Little Pascky)
With a degree in business studies and marketing, and three years working for one of the biggest breweries in the world, Pascky’s fields of experience and expertise are the perfect compliment to his older cousin’s skills. Together they are a great team.
Mario has been behind the bar for over 25 years and his regulars trust him to make their coffee just the way they want it.
Carmelo Benedetto (Kim)
Kim has been here since the start re-establishing Don Pasquale with its outside terrace. His presence cannot be forgotten. Kim knows everyone and everyone knows Kim.
Prospero has recently retired after 40 years in the business. He still pops in every morning, but he is an early bird so if you see him you are lucky!!
Rita is the office controller in the company and is the strong woman behind the men!