Restaurant Applause, open from Wednesday to Sunday, specialises in southern Italian food. “This means that the dishes are simple and made with few ingredients, but that the quality of those ingredients has to be excellent,” Nieuwenhuis explains. He therefore sources all his products from Italian suppliers.“Occasionally, when I run out of stock, I have to buy some vegetables from local shops, but I do what I can to avoid that.” How serious is he about getting the best ingredients?