Check out the 2019 Scottish Italian Awards’ categories and choose the right ones for you!
These awards will feature finalists from across Scotland:
Scotland’s Best Family Owned Restaurant
This award recognises restaurants who have their Italian family roots embedded in everything they do, from cooking the finest quality dishes to serving their loyal customers.
Scotland’s Best Gelateria
A good ice cream makes everything better; this category will award genuine gelato, lovely atmosphere and great customer service.
Scotland’s Favourite Italian Business
This award is for any Scottish based business that is led with an Italian head & heart! This category is not limited to the hospitality industry and therefore welcomes all nominations.
Scotland’s Best Trattoria
This category aims to celebrate the more informal venues that cater for casual nights out; focusing on good food and great company.
Scotland’s Best Wine Selection
This category is for those Italian wine selections that perfectly compliment your dish, making it your meal unforgettable.
Scotland’s Best ‘cuoco’ of the year
Finalists in this category will have to amaze you and our judges with a unique and first-class dish. All finalists in this category will be required to attend the cook-off on Wednesday 23rd October at the Glasgow City College.
Scotland’s Best Pasta
A chance to celebrate Nonna’s secret recipe! Best pasta will be judged on a single dish, so prepare to dazzle our panel with your signature pasta. All finalists in this category will be required to attend a practical final the cook-off on Wednesday 23rd October at the Glasgow City College.
Scottish Barista Champion
Making coffee is an art in Italy and we are looking to find he is entitled to be called ‘master barista’ in Scotland. This category is nominations only and venues must enter their ‘barista’ person. All nominated baristas will be required to attend a practical challenge (details tbc).
Scotland’s Best Fish and Chips
The award for those venues that keep alive the authentic Scots-Italian recipe for fish & chips from past generations.
Scotland’s Best Pizzeria
Our judges are looking for a truly authentic venue that evokes the iconic Italian eatery. Finalists will be asked to show their full prep and baking process.
Scotland’s Best Deli/Café
We’re looking for the best takeaway or sit in delicatessen; selling everything from the perfect panini and sweet treats to gorgeous deli cuts and original Italian produce.
Scotland’s Best Newcomer
A chance for new and emerging Italian enterprises to win a valuable accolade to celebrate their early success in the Italian culinary industry. These businesses competing in this category can not have been open any longer than 18 months from the date of the Gala Final on 10th November 2019.
Scotland’s Best Authentic Italian Menu
We are looking for Scottish establishments which effectively represent Italian tradition and originality through their food options. This category focuses heavily on ingredients used to signify specific Italian cities and regions, such as through the use of FDO and PGI-stamped ingredients.
These awards will reward the very best venues in their regions before crowing an overall national winner. Our regionalised categories will be:
Scotland’s Best Italian Restaurant under 50 seats
This category is assigned to an outstanding Italian restaurant with under 50 seats which is loved by the public for both their authentic, high-quality food and admirable service.
Scotland’s Best Italian Restaurant over 50 seats
This category is assigned to an outstanding Italian restaurant with over 50 seats which is loved by the public for both their authentic, high-quality food and admirable service.
Scottish & Irish Final – UK National Italian Pizza Championship (Scotland & Northern Ireland live competition final)
The UK Pizza Championship in association with the Italian Awards is brought to life to award the best ‘pizzaiolo’ in the UK. Pizza chefs will challenge themselves in a practical final and they will be judged by a special guest directly from Italy.
Winner of the Scottish/Irish Final will be invited to showcase his talent at the UK National final in Glasgow on 10th November on occasion of the Gala final and to compete with the British winner where the UK National Champion Winner will be announced.