Celebrating the Nation's Favourite Cuisine

The PAPA Awards took place on Thursday 15th November to bestow honour and celebrate the UK’s favourite import – Italian food.  The Italian Food Industry came together in the 29th annual PAPA Awards to celebrate the nations favourite pizza, pasta, Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.

High Street favourite Pizza Hut was recognised as the Best Pizza Delivery Chain as well as best Chain Pizza Restaurant whilst out of the supermarkets Aldi hit a haul winning Best Pizza in two categories, Best Frozen Pizza Multiple Retailer and Best Chilled Pizza Multiple Retailer. Jamie’s Italian picked up the Best Italian Restaurant (chain) whilst Pizza Express founder Peter Boizot was awarded with the prestigious PAPA Industry Award recognising Peter’s contribution to the Italian Food Industry bringing pizza to the UK high street in 1965.

The Awards Dinner was an incredible evening of celebration bringing together the Italian food industry for a night of delicious food, dancing, entertainment and awards.

Please see the list below of the 2018 winners:

  • Pizza Chef of the Year - Roberto Mannocchi from Tony Macaroni
  • Pasta Chef of the Year - Frank Ascrizzi from Divino Enoteca

Manufactured Pizza Product

  • Aldi - Carlos Flatbread Calabrese Salami (Everyday)
  • Co-op - Irresistible Chargrilled Vegetable Antipasti (Indulgent)
  • Aldi - Chicken Pesto with grilled Mediterranean Veg and Lemon Oil Drizzle  (Innovative)

New Product

  • Magioni - Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Ingredient)
  • Carpigiani - Freeze&Go (Equipment)

Manufactured Pasta Product

  • Garafolo - Legumes and Cereals Pasta – Radiatori (retail)
  • GCL Food Ingredients - Wild Boar and Pancetta Tortelloni (foodservice)

Marketing Award

  • Bath Pizza Co - Professional Pizza Taster 

Italian Restaurant - Chain

  • Jamie’s Italian

Pizza Restaurant - Chain

  • Pizza Hut

Small Chain Delivery

  • Caprinos

Pizza Delivery Chain

  • Pizza Hut

Innovative Food to Go

  • Simpatico Pizza  

Frozen Pizza Multiple Retailer

  • Aldi

Convenience Store Pizza Retailer

  • Co-Op

Chilled Pizza Multiple Retailer

  • Aldi

Pasta Retailer

  • Tesco

PAPA Industry Award

  • Peter Boizot, Founder Pizza Express

Speaking after the Awards Host and Pizza and Pasta Chef of the Year Head Judge, Michelin starred Theo Randall, said: “

“I am so passionate about Italian food and it is wonderful today to see that passion for Italian cuisine coming through. There was such a great atmosphere during the live competition and some real innovation seeing the chefs working with the key ingredients and putting their own unique twist in their creations. The PAPA Awards are always a great evening and it’s just wonderful to see the Italian food industry thriving.”