Glasgow's top Italian eateries were given prizes at the latest Scottish Italian Awards ceremony.

Now in its fourth year, the ceremony has become synonymous with the best in Italian hospitality.

Captial FM presenter Des Clarke dished out the awards to individuals and businesses from across Scotland.

Taking home awards on the night was the now multi award-winning Glasgow venue La Lanterna which was hailed as the Best Restaurant.

Eusebi’s Deli, in the city’s west end, took home Best Deli/Cafe, beating off competition from Deli il Cardo in Largs.

After a year of hard work, the people behind Bella Vita were awarded Best Team.

Winners received not only the accolade but six months’ free membership to the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the UK, which officially endorses the awards.

More than 1000 venues participated in the competition with lucky finalists being voted for by the public.

The independent panel toured the country to assess every one of the finalists and select the 2016 winners; they visited venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh to as far north as Ellon and the borders in North Berwick.  Finalists in the categories for Best Pasta, Best Pizza and Best Chef were put through their paces at a live cook-off in Glasgow on October 31.

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori was presented with the Italian Awards’ Ambassador Award for 2016.

Frankie, who has his own Italian restaurant venture with Marco Pierre White, was celebrated as a champion of the Italian community in the UK.  Guests were treated to a charity auction which included a Thermal Experience spa day at The Blythswood Hotel, a day on a maxi yacht owned by Sir Arnold Clark and VIP Hydro Club tickets to see Kings of Leon.

Warren Paul, of award organisers Paramount Creative, was humbled by the engagement seen in this, the fourth Scottish Italian Awards.  He said: “It is fantastic to see the Italian Awards continue to grow and more and more businesses and individuals coming forward to celebrate the overwhelming contribution the Italian community make to the hospitality industry in Scotland.”