Check out the English Italian Awards’ categories 2018 and choose the right ones for you!



These awards will feature finalists from across England:

England’s Favourite Italian Business 

This award is for any English based business that is led with an Italian head & heart! Not limited to the hospitality industry this category welcomes all nominations.

England’s Best Gelateria 

A good ice cream makes everything better; this category will award both truly unique flavours and classic recipes.

England’s Best Restaurant Group

The big one! This award looks to celebrate those who can bring all aspects of a successful business together with finesse on a consistent basis, balancing more than one restaurant in the process. Limited to businesses that operate at least 3 establishments across England. Chain restaurants are also welcome.

England’s ‘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 (details tbc).

England’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 (details tbc)

England’s Best Team 

For that team that really goes the extra mile and work together like no other.

England’s Best Newcomer 

This category is limited to any venues recently open it and aims to reward that classic Italian entrepreneur spirit!

England’s Best Wine Selection

This category is for those Italian wine selections that perfectly represents the best Italian regions in a glass!

England’s Best Authentic 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.

England’s Best Cafe

We’re looking for the best café; selling everything from the perfect panini and sweet treats to gorgeous coffee and original Italian produce.

England’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.

England’s Best Aperitivo 

Drinks + nibbles + Italian atmosphere = Italian Aperitivo! Finalists in this category are able to recreate the Italian aperitivo vibe presenting delicious nibbles and refreshing drinks.



These awards will reward the very best venues in their regions before crowing an overall national winner. Our regionalised categories will be:


England’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.

England’s Best Italian Restaurant

This category is assigned to an outstanding Italian restaurant which is loved by the public for both their authentic, high-quality food and admirable service.

UK National Italian Pizza Championship (English final)

The first ever 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 judge by a special guest directly from Italy. Winner of the English Final will be invited to showcase his talent at the national final later in the year (details tbc).