A HOST of Renfrewshire restaurants are in line for prestigious culinary prizes.

Luna Rossa and the Piccolo Mondo, both in Renfrew; Amaretto, in Bridge of Weir; Guido’s, in Linwood; Trattoria Genova, in Paisley; and Johnstone duo Trattoria Roma and Sandro’s have all been named as finalists in the 2017 Scottish Italian Awards.

The team at Amaretto hope to clinch a hat-trick of awards in the Best Pasta, Best Marketing Campaign and Best Family Friendly Restaurant categories.

Luna Rossa is up for two awards – Best Wine Selection and Best Trattoria.

Also nominated for two gongs is Sandro’s, which is a finalist in the Best Pizza and Best Fish and Chips categories.

Joining Luna Rossa as a Best Trattoria finalist are Trattoria Roma and Trattoria Genova.

The Piccolo Mondo is targeting the Best Pasta category, with Guido’s battling it out for the Best Fish and Chips title.

More than 1,500 businesses took part in this year’s awards, which are supported by the Italian Tourist Board, with 93 finalists declared after the public vote came to an end.

An expert panel of judges will now decide the winners.

Venues will be visited, menus scrutinised and offerings taste-tested in the search for the best in Scotland across categories spanning the industry.

The winners will be declared at a ceremony at the Glasgow Hilton on Sunday, November 12.

Warren Paul, CEO of the Italian Awards, said: “The awards was born from a realisation that the contribution of Italian restaurateurs to the Scottish hospitality industry was grossly overlooked.”