Ipswich: Third generation milestone for family-owned fish and chip business

The three generations of the Mariani fish & chip business in Ipswich; Dario Mariani in his new shop in Duke Street with his father John and grandfather Luigi Mariani who used to run the family fish shops in town. The three generations of the Mariani fish & chip business in Ipswich; Dario Mariani in his new shop in Duke Street with his father John and grandfather Luigi Mariani who used to run the family fish shops in town.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:44 AM

An Italian family fish and chip dynasty is now in its third generation in Ipswich.

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A well-known Waterfront fish and chip takeaway is beginning a new chapter as it has been sold to a local fish fryer through agents Simon Jackaman Associates.

Dario Mariani has bought the leasehold interest in Neptunes Fish & Chips in a parade of shops in Duke Street, and it will be renamed Mariani’s Fish and Chips.

Dario’s grandparents Luigi and Angela came to Ipswich in the 1950s and opened their first fish and chip shop in 1962 in Nacton Road.

Son, John Mariani, also helped with the running of their shops until 
other business interests took precedence.

John Mariani said: “Mum and dad came to the UK in the 1950s and he did various jobs, including selling ice cream, before opening our first fish and chip shop in Camden Road.

“Mum and dad are helping Dario with plenty of advice on mixing the batter, cutting fish and the best potatoes to select for chips.”

Dario, 29, has worked mainly in hotels and restaurant management until now.

He said: “It is going very well and I am getting plenty of help and advice from my family.”

9 comments

  • I remember the Camden Rd shop when chips were 3d or 4d and fish was 9d or a shilling. Not sure if that was the Mariano's or Scoggins? before them.

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • The words Marianis & fish n chips go hand in hand. Best of luck Dario, long may the family name & tradition continue

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    L S

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • I am so glad to here this family business is still going well, having been a regular in my childhood years, i can remember my love of their potato scallops and Mrs Smy in the nacton road shop. Well done to the Mariani family. All the best for the future.

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    hayley and lee

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • dynasty? HaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAhaHaHAha...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I would much rather see a free plug for a good family business like this one than the 'Hooray Henrys' you usually promote.

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • have lovely memories of Mariani's on Camden Rd, John was a baby then.....how time flies. good luck to the next generation

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    Irene Wragg

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Great to see the Mariani name back for fish and chips in Ipswich. I wish Dario every success, from someone who has fond memories of Mariani's on the Corner of Camden Road, from way back when..

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    mmm

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Fabulous food.

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    a friend

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • My grandfather ( Bill Shapland) also had fish and chips shops in Ipswich in the 50's 60's and 70's (Cliff lane, Cauldwell hall road , and finally Queensway) and from what I was told he helped Mr Mariani when he first started...obviously it worked as his fish and chips are the best in town....

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    ukmartian

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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