Aimed at identifying the best in genuine independent Italian restaurants (with 10 or fewer sites) in the UK, these awards will be presented to specialist restaurants where the food served is rooted at the heart of Italian cuisine and which offers a genuine taste of Italy and experience.

Judges will be looking for independent restaurants which set a standard for others to follow, focusing particularly on standards in terms of menu choice, food quality, service and the ambience of the restaurants that enter. Gold awards will be presented to a maximum of six regional winners, in their restaurants in October, to maximize local publicity. A Platinum award will be given to the one considered exceptional and will be presented on stage at the awards dinner.


Will initially involve entries being assessed on the material submitted. Entrants will be asked to provide a voucher for a meal for two which will be used by ‘mystery shopper’ judges, who will report on the restaurant from a customer’s perspective. A copy of their reports will be available to entrants after the awards are presented, on request.

What to send in:

For this award please forward the name and address of the business, together with a voucher for a meal for two (for the mystery shopper judges) by 1 July 2017. Your entry information should include a brief note saying why you think the business should win, a copy of the menu and photographs showing the outside, the customer area and preparation areas (with preparation underway).

The Award Qualifying Period is 1st September 2016 to 31st August, 2017

AWARDS CLOSING DATE: 1st Sepember 2017

How to enter:

In the first instance please email Caron Parry on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating your name, address and which award you wish to enter.