As regular readers will know I have a major thing for pizza and pasta so finding out that the PAPA awards exist was a nice surprise. Held at the Lancaster London Hotel, Hyde Park, London it was their 25th anniversary.
Guest Host, Aldo Zilli, said: “The PAPA Awards are the premier awards for Italian food – I should know, I won a few for my restaurants! It’s great to have won them and even better now to be hosting the main awards and judging the Pizza and Pasta Chef competitions. I have always had a passion for my food and it’s great that all of you [everyone present at the awards] do too.”
The Full list of Award winners are:
Pizza Chef of the Year Paulo Crolla – Paolo’s Italian, Glasgow
Pasta Chef of the Year Peter Puntrello – Sub Xpress, Peterborough
Independent Italian Restaurant Award – Il Michelangelo, Weston-Super-Mare
Italian Restaurant Chain Award – ASK Italian
Independent Pizza Restaurant Award- Suffolk Stonehouse, Bungay
Pizza Restaurant Chain Award – Pizza Express
Independent Pizza Delivery Store – Stone Willy’s Kitchen, Birmingham
Pizza Delivery Chain Award
Regional Winner – Basilico
National Winner – Papa John’s
New Product/Ingredient Award –
Food Service Category – Taste of Sicily White Truffle Oil
Retail Category – Italia Formaggi Raspadura cheese
Innovative Food to Go Award – Winner: Project Pie UK, Dundee
The PAPA Marketing Award –
Regional Award – La Favorita, 10th Anniversary campaign
National Award – Iceland – Power of Frozen campaign
Manufactured Pizza Product Award
Everyday Category – Iceland – Pizza Pala range – ham, mushroom and mascarpone
Indulgent Category – Co-operative Truly Irresistible Kashmiri butter chicken, red onion and spinach pizza
Innovative Category – Goodfella’s gluten free pepperoni, chorizo and mushroom pizza
Manufactured Pasta Product Award
Retail Ambient Category – Morrisons Signature Lumaconi
Retail Chilled Category – La Tua Pasta – Tortelloni black truffle
Foodservice Category – Rondanini – hand made braised beef Tortelloni with Barolo wine
Frozen Pizza Multiple Retailer of the Year – Aldi
Convenience Store Pizza Retailer of the Year – The Co-operative for the second successive year.
Chilled Pizza Multiple Retailer of the Year – Waitrose
Pasta Retailer Award – Aldi (Last year’s joint winner alongside Waitrose)
I notice that Domino’s (one of the most prolific companies which bombards all of our letter boxes with endless flyers) hasn’t won anything which surprised me. It’s good to see Goodfellas winning the Inovitive Catogory for there gluten free pizza, I’ll have to have a look at their veggie options. I’ve never ordered Pappa Johns but as they’ve arrived in Manchester and won the National Delivery award I’ll give them a try.
I’m not surprised that Pizza Express and Co-op won awards for there pizza’s as I find both to be very inovitive.
Did any of your favourites win awards?