A grande successo for Gambero Rosso

The award-winning Gambero Rosso team Antonio and Susan Pallucci and Antonio Penese

The award-winning Gambero Rosso team Antonio and Susan Pallucci and Antonio Penese

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One of Falkirk’s most popular Italian restaurants is now officially the best in the country after a double success at the Scottish Hospitality Awards.

The best of the best in the industry were recognised at the glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza on Monday and the Gambero Rosso team, owners Antonio and Susan Pullucci and chef Antonio Penese, were there to claim the Central Restaurant of the Year and the Overall Restaurant of the Year – arguably the most prestigious honour of the night.

The ceremony welcomed over 200 guests from across Scotland and was hosted by radio personality Gina McKie.

Based on a public vote, the awards commended the talented individuals and businesses dedicated in delivering constant professionalism, effort and enthusiasm to ensure impeccable service to their customers.

And that certainly describes the Burnbank Road restaurant, which has been getting rave reviews for a number of years.

Owner Antonio, who has been in the catering industry for almost 40 years, said: “It was a great night for us and a great night for Falkirk.

“We didn’t expect to win because there were such a lot of finalists.

“We are going to display the certificate and trophy in our window.”

Irfan Younis, of event organisers Creative Oceanic, said: “This is the first time this ceremony has taken place and it is testament to the talent in this industry so many people joined us on the evening.”