Below is the full list of Categories. Once you have read through the requirements and outlines head to the REGISTER page and let us know which categories you’d like to be considered in!

  1. Best Italian Chef

Finalists in this category will have to amaze you and our head judge Aldo Zilli with a unique and first-class dish.  All finalists in this category will be required to attend a live cook-off in late September. Date and venue TBC.

  1. 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, lead by Aldo Zilli, with your signature pasta. All finalists in this category will be required to attend a live cook-off in late September. Date and venue TBC.

  1. Best Pizza

Be it a Neapolitan margherita or a fusion creation we’re looking for the best. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will lead the judging of the category. All finalists in this category will be required to attend a practical final. Date and venue TBC.

  1. Best Café

We’re looking for the best takeaway or sit in cafe; selling everything from the perfect panini and sweet treats to the perfect cup of cappuccino!

  1. Best Team

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

  1. Best Family Friendly Restaurant

For Italians there is nothing stronger than family, and this category will reward that restaurant that caters to all members of the family!

  1. 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.

  1. Best Marketing Team

This award celebrates great engagement with customers, be it in print, online or through social media.

  1. Best Restaurant

The big one! This award looks to celebrate all the above and reward those who can bring it all together with finesse time and time again.

  1. Best Multiple Operator

This category is limited to those businesses which operate at least three establishments across Wales. Chain restaurants are also welcome.

  1. Best Italian Business

This category is open to businesses from any trade that is led with Italian passion, heart and heritage.

  1. Healthy Dish of the Year

Sponsored by our title partner Sacla Italia. This special award will look at a restaurant’s dedication to healthy eating in Italian cuisine. Restaurants should nominate a specific dish to be judged.