It was a double celebration for Eyemouth eateries Giacopazzi’s and Oblo Restaurant at the recent Scottish Italian Awards ceremony.
Giacopazzi’s, the long established family run fish and chip restaurant, takeaway and ice cream parlour on Eyemouth’s harbour, won the People’s Choice award and Oblo’s assistant manager Anna Mendyk came joint runner up in the ‘Best Barista’ category.
“ Giacopazzi’s won a special ‘People’s Choice’ Award for receiving the most public votes and for being the most driven to reach the finals, which we are totally surprise and delighted about,” said Kerry Waddell.
“Anna Mendyk, our assistant manger in Oblo also competed in Glasgow earlier this month against seven others for the title of ‘Best Barista’ and she came joint runner up, which was a fantastic achievement and great experience for her.”
The third Scottish Italian Food Awards ceremony was held in Glasgow, hosted once again by comedian Des Clarke.
Over 65,000 votes were cast across the 16 categories open for public vote this year, and shortlisted finalists were then visited and independently judged by a panel of industry experts.
Italian stars flew in for the ceremony including Love Islands the Alberti Twins, judge and patron to the event Aldo Zilli, lawyer and business woman Nancy Dell’Ollio and X Factor 2014 runner up Andrea Faustini who closed the show with a special performance.
Andrea said: “Food is one of the many Italian excellences so I’m so happy to be part of a night like this that celebrates the Italian cuisine in Scotland! Nights like this remind me how proud of being Italian I am,it’s so nice to see so much love for my fellow Italians!”
Founder of the event, Warren Paul, said: “In just three years we have built an event that Italians across Scotland want to be attached to. All our finalists deserve to be there, and with over 1000 venues competing this year just getting to the final is a huge achievement.”