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  • Where does the name Vangioni come from?

  • Guiseppe Vangioni (known as Joseph) arrived in New Zealand from Calomini,near Florence, Italy in 1862. He made Akaroa his home in 1864, where he began working as a contractor.
  • The photo above is of the town's first general store,which he opened in 1877. The store sold a wide range of goods including, flour, tea, sugar, tobacco etc.
  • Joseph retired from the business in 1903 about the same time as the new store in the photo below was built. His eldest son, Louis Joseph took over the business.
  • Louis was well know for his collection of Maori artifacts.
  • Why is there a penguin in the logo?

  • In 1904 Joseph Vangioni discovered a Yellow Crested penguin washed up on Fisherman'sBay beach. The penguin was starving so he took it home to recuperate. Attempts to return him to the sea failed. Pompey,as he was named, was given a house in an old barrel in the yard. Each day Pompey would waddle down to the sea and head out on a fishing expedition. Akaroa by this stage had become quite a popular tourist destination, and Pompey was becoming rather a famous attraction! Vangioni sent to England for China tea sets bearing a picture of Pompey and his name.

  • How long has Vangioni's the restaurant been here?

  • The restaurant first opened its doors the summer of 2007. Before that time the site was a 2 bedroom flat.

  • Below are some photos taken at the start of renovating taken in 2006