Dishing up the best plates of pasta in Scotland is the latest accolade for a family-run restaurant.
Amodo Mio in Falkirk’s Manor Street has only been open for two years but on Sunday evening it beat off stiff competition to win the Best Pasta category at the Scottish Italian Awards.
Over 30,000 votes were cast by members of the public nominating their favourite eating places across the country.
Carolina Pia and her brother Giovanni were delighted to make the shortlist, but even more stunned when they were announced as winners at the ceremony in Glasgow.
She said: “We were a bit overwhelmed but delighted. We were up against some really big restaurants in Glasgow and some top Italian chefs, so to win was amazing.”
Carolina revealed that the judge for their category was food critic Ron McKenna who had been a secret diner.
She added: “I didn’t know who he was, so it was certainly a secret. However, I met him after the awards ceremony and thanked him for selecting us.
“He and his dining companion had a dish off both the daily specials and the a la carte menu, so they were able to see the range of food we serve.”
The Pia family also runs Bar Aldo in Alloa and Carolina said being raised in an Italian family business was the perfect grounding for her and her brother when they decided to start out on their own.
She said: “We knew when we began that you have to work really hard in the restaurant trade. It’s not a job that you walk away from at 5 p.m., its certainly 24/7.
“But we couldn’t have established ourselves so quickly or won this award without all the backing from our customers and we would like to thank them for their support.”