Italian businesses honoured

• Tony and Giuliana Pierotti, with Warren Paul (left) and chef Aldo Zilli.

ITALIAN businesses from across Scotland were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel on Sunday night (October 26).

The second annual Scottish Italian Awards saw Tony Pierotti, owner of Glasgow’s Piccolo Mondo restaurant, presented with the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his 50-year career in the industry.
Other winners on the night included Celino’s in Glasgow, which took the award for Best Bistro, while its chef Chris Rouse was named Italian Chef of the Year; and Edinburgh’s Divino Enoteca, which took the awards for Most Romantic Restaurant and Best Restaurant Design, with parent company Vittoria Group named Best Multiple Operator and its La Favorita outlet taking the award for Scotland’s Best Pizza.
Little Italy in Dumfries was named Best Italian Restaurant, while the award for Best Deli went to Eusebi’s in Glasgow, which also picked up the award for Best Marketing Team.
Rigatoni’s in Edinburgh was named Best Family Restaurant; the award for Best Wine List went to Capo Landa in Muirhead; Pietro’s Deli in Glasgow took the award for Favourite Italian Business and La Lanterna in Glasgow took the award for Scotland’s Best Team.
Warren Paul, founder of the Scottish Italian Awards, said the standard of entries to this year’s awards was “phenomenal”.