City scoops prizes at Ital­ian Awards bash

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THE cream of the Ital­ian food and drink in­dus­try was cel­e­brated at the Scot­tish Ital­ian Awards, held in Glas­gow last night.

Glas­gow restau­rants scooped top prizes in sev­eral cat­e­gories as awards for wine, pasta, pizza, fish and chips and ice-cream were dished out.

Mediter­ra­neo in the Mer­chant City won best pasta award, while West End restau­rant La Lan­terna took the best new­comer prize, with Celino’s in Partick the run­ner-up.

City cen­tre café Singl-End, won the healthy dish of the year award.

The top prize, best restau­rant, was won by Os­te­ria in North Ber­wick.

Restau­ra­teurs and staff from Ital­ian busi­nesses came from all over the coun­try to the cer­e­mony at the Hil­ton Ho­tel, for the fifth an­nual awards.

Aldo Zilli, am­bas­sador for the Ital­ian Awards, said: “Ital­ian com­mu­ni­ties across the UK are a vi­tal part of the hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try and the Ital­ian Awards pro­vide op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate their con­tri­bu­tion. I am proud to be a part of it. As a judge, I have met some very tal­ented chefs and wit­nessed great de­vel­op­ment.”

Gio­vanni’s in Ed­in­burgh won the best fish and chip shop while Trat­to­ria Gen­ova in Pais­ley took best trat­to­ria.

War­ren Paul, CEO and founder of the awards, said: “The Ital­ian hospi­tal­ity trade boasts some of the most in­no­va­tive and com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als and some of Scot­land’s most tal­ented chefs.”

Luca Con­reno and Christo­pher Marti­nolli, own­ers of La Lan­terna, cel­e­brate win­ning the best new­comer ti­tle

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