Eater­ies chase ital­ian awards

West Lothian Courier - - 11.10.2018 - Staff re­porter

three Bath­gate eater­ies are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter find­ing out they are in the short­list for a pres­ti­gious food award.

the 6th an­nual scot­tish ital­ian awards takes place next month cel­e­brat­ing the best the in­dus­try has to of­fer.

or­gan­is­ers have searched the length and breadth of scot­land look­ing for the crème de la crème and have named three Bath­gate es­tab­lish­ments as nom­i­nees.

Luna Caffe is in the run­ning for best deli/cafe, La pi­uma restau­rant for best new­comer and Lib­erta is in the best pasta cat­e­gory.

the three busi­nesses have made it to the glit­ter­ing fi­nals thanks to votes from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

a spokesper­son for the awards said: “We’ve seen a num­ber of ital­ian busi­nesses in scot­land bat­tle it out over the past 10 weeks - push­ing hard to try to make the fi­nal by gen­er­at­ing pub­lic votes.

“now that they’ve been counted, we can con­firm that over 50,000 votes have been gen­er­ated from this year’s cam­paign!

“the next step is for scot­land’s favourite ital­ian busi­nesses and venues to be short­listed as proud fi­nal­ists for 2018.

“to those lucky enough to be short­listed, you will be vis­ited by a panel of our es­teemed in­de­pen­dent judges and scored ac­cord­ingly.

“the judge’s de­ci­sions are fi­nal and the win­ner will be crowned at our now leg­endary an­nual gala tak­ing place this year on novem­ber 11 at the dou­ble tree by Hilton, glas­gow.

“the evening is al­ways filled with Vip guests and celebri­ties and the 2018 gala Fi­nal will be hosted by tV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity des Clarke.” past win­ners have in­cluded the gino d’acampo My restau­rant group, an­to­nio Car­luc­cio and gi­naro Con­taldo and some well known guests who have pre­vi­ously at­tended in­clude celebrity chef aldo Zilli, jockey Frankie det­tori, Love is­land’s al­berti twins and nancy dell’olio.

War­ren paul, founder and CEo of the ital­ian awards added:“We are hum­bled by the sup­port in scot­land this year. Ev­ery­one loves italy and ev­ery­one loves ital­ian food.

“We’ve had a stag­ger­ing 50,000 pub­lic votes cast in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion and the stan­dard is ex­tremely high”

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