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Umutu Restaurant steams Jazz


Jazz. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Umutu Italian Resturant has introduced jazz music to add colour to its array of offerings and boost customer satisfaction. The restaurant, which has been in existence for 25 years, added this as a spice to enhance customers’ relaxation and help relieve stress.

Speaking at the event tagged Umutu Jazz Immersion, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Umutu Italian Restaurant, Prosper Okpue, said the idea to have live jazz music every last Sunday of the month was conceived by people, who wanted to go back to the roots. Located at the serene environment of Oju Ologun, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Italian restaurant offers security, comfort, freshly made Italian food and music.

According to Okupe, the restaurant, formerly named il Sorriso meaning ‘smile’, was until five years ago taken over by Umutu coffee company. He stressed that the high points of Umutu are its Italian dishes and its upstairs lounge, which seats at least 20 people and could be used for private events.

“The orignality of the restaurant has been maintained, with the addition of having people enjoy live jazz music every last Sunday’s of the month. We remain ethnic Italian, with dishes dominated by pasta, meat, and fish. The food is prepared fresh. We own a farm, so all the vegetables come from our farm and our protein remain fresh,” he stated.

He added that clients comprise are high network citizens, experts, and international clients with a larger bulk from European and Asia countries.

Celebrity artists, such as Yinka Davis and Mac Tee performed at the event.

The host of the event, an actress and a poet, Olukemi Bickersteph, said for a few months, the jazz band has improved and would continue to improve, adding that she derives her motivation from her African roots.

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