The Scottish Italian Awards, in association with The Herald, have been launched to recognise the contribution the Italian community makes to the country's hospitality trade.
Warren Paul, event organiser said: "The awards are an opportunity to recognise the very best Italian-owned businesses in Scotland."
He added: "Scotland's hospitality industry is world renowned and the Italian community are a vital cog in the overall make-up, with thousands of excellent bars, restaurants and cafes. The awards will showcase many of these destinations, raising their profile at a national level."
There are 17 categories of awards, including best restaurant, best multiple operator, best Italian chef and best barista of the year.
Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will work with the judging panel to help select the winners.
The awards will be presented at the Glasgow Hilton on Sunday 10 November.
People can nominate their favourite businesses by completing a form at, www.scottishitalianawards.co.uk
Voting is open until 20 September. The five nominations from each category that receive the most votes will be short listed.
Glasgow Taxis commissioned a newly liveried Scottish Italian Taxi to launch the awards.
The company's chairman, Stephen Flynn, said: "We are extremely pleased to be working with the Scottish Italian Awards. The Italian community are an important part of Scottish history and this event will celebrate this connection."