There were in excess of 10,000 votes cast for the event, in association with The Herald, and judges, including chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, will spend the next few weeks paying secret visits to the shortlisted establishments ahead of a gala dinner on November 10.
The best restaurant prize sees Glasgow's La Lanterna, La Parmigiana and Piccolo Mondo up against Cucina, based at Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, and Osteria in North Berwick.
The favourite Italian business category is made up of bridal boutique operator Eleganza Sposa, restaurants Don Costanzo and Battlefield Rest plus Valvona & Crolla and Pietro's Deli.
The chef of the year nominees are Luca Conreno from La Lanterna, La Fiorentina's Mariano Russo, Cucina's Mattia Camorani, Peppino Camilli at La Parmigiana and Piccolo Mondo's Iain Monaghan.
The best newcomer category has Falkirk's Amodo Mio, Casa Italia in Clydebank, Glasgow's Ciao Bella, Ayr's Filippo's Bistro and Little Italy in Dumfries.
Bar Aldo's in Alloa, Bella Vita, Bridge of Weir's Amaretto Ristorante, Amore and Andiamo in Hamilton are selected in the best family restaurant category.
Piccolo Mondo in Renfrew, Melrose's Monte Cassino plus Glasgow trio Esca, Pesto and La Fiorentina are nominated for most romantic restaurant.
Those fighting it out for the bistro title are Glasgow's Celino's, Buongiorno and Fratelli Sarti on Wellington St, East Kilbride based Zucca Bistro and Oblo in Eyemouth, East Lothian.
The Di Maggios outlet in Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, and Eusebi Delicatessen in the city are competing in the best takeaway category along with Atlantic Fast Food in Coatbridge, La Favorita in Edinburgh and Giffnock's Pane e Vino.
Merchant Chippie, Chip Chick Inn, Di Vito's at Burnbank, Hamiton, Nardini's in Largs and Peter Equi and Sons in Hamilton are up for the best fish and chips gong.
Tony Macaroni, Andiamo, Fratelli Sarti, Vittoria Group and Di Maggio's make up the nominees in the multiple operator category. Best ice-cream parlour contenders are Visocchi's, Crolla's Ice Cream Parlour, Giacopazzis, Peter Equi & Sons and Martone Ice Cream.
Nunzio Rosso at Mediterraneo, Lamora's Silvano Mora, Ian Reid from Andiamo Hamilton, Michael Valigy at Dino Ferrari and Alan Magee at Celinos compete in the front of house award.
The best pizza prize is between Barbarossa, Italian Kitchen, Taverna, Aviemore, Vito's Ayr and Andiamo, Milngavie. Italian Caffe, Bar Italia Ristorante, Il Pavone Sud, Viva and Eataliano compete for the pasta crown.
Vito's, Piccolo Mondo, Valvona & Crolla, Barbarossa and Viva are vying to win the best barista category. Piccolo Mondo's Glasgow city centre outlet is up against Pesto, Valvona & Crolla, Lamora and Trattoria Guidi to win best wine list.
The marketing team award is between Eusebi's Delicatessen, Visocchi's, Di Maggios, Zucca Village and Trattoria Fanelli's.