The Italian Awards 2017

#BestBarista entry from O'Oliviero - Italian kitchen | The 5th Scottish Italian Awards 2017
#BestBarista entry from O’Oliviero – Italian kitchen | The 5th Scottish Italian Awards 2017

We are so excited to announce that our Italian kitchen has been shortlisted to compete in the finals for one of the biggest industry awards in the UK. The Italian Awards is the annual celebration of the best Italian restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales. The decision as to who is put through to the final of the prestigious Italian awards was handed over to the people that matter the most, the public. After several weeks of voting for their favourite Italian venues nationwide, the top five with the most votes in each category made it into the finals. 

The 5th Scottish Italian Awards Gala Finals are going to be held at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel on Sunday 12 November. This final showdown will see Italian restaurants from Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and many other parts of Scotland competing for the much anticipated trophies.

There are several categories up for grabs this year, and O’Oliviero has been competing for Best Pasta and Best Barista and Best Marketing Campaign.

  • Best Barista
  • Best Team
  • Best Wine Selection
  • Best Fish & Chips Shop
  • Best Italian Business
  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Pizza
  • Best Pasta
  • Scottish Italian Chef of the Year
  • Best Trattoria
  • Best Marketing Campaign
  • Best Pizzeria
  • Best Gelateria
  • Best Deli/Café
  • Best Multiple Operator
  • Healthy Dish of the Year
  • Best Family Friendly Restaurant
Enrico Atzori • Best Barista Final Show at Italian Awards Head Office
Enrico Atzori • #BestBarista Final Show at Italian Aroma Coffee Head Office

The Best Barista category is sure to treat all the coffee lovers. The Italian Awards are “looking for real barista flair, beautiful foam art and of course that real Italian strength and flavour”. All finalists in this category attended a barista-off at Italian Aroma Head Offices in Glasgow. 
Our exclusive Barista Enrico Atzori impressed everyone with his unique Italian coffee talent and over 15 years of experience at Italian Aroma Head Offices on 25 October. 

The Best Pasta final, which took place at Tennent’s Training Academy on 26 October, was judged by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, as seen on One Man and His Hob and Good Food Live, and his expert team. Our young and nearly famous Pasta Chef Davide Cannas made his signature Crab Surgital UK Squid Ink Taglioline Pasta dish for the judges, and we eagerly await the results.


Caffè Marocchino alla Nutella for Italian Awards
Caffè Marocchino alla Nutella from Enrico Atzori

There are so many exciting Italian venues meeting at the Scottish Italian Awards 2017! Team O’Oliviero wish all the best of luck to every restaurant who have made it to the Gala Final. The 5th Scottish Italian Awards Gala Finals are going to be held at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel on Sunday 12 November and it’s going to be fabulous. 

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