Five local winners at food awards including best Italian restaurant in Ireland!

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Restaurants in Galway have fared well in this year’s Food Awards Ireland, with five local eateries and pubs taking home awards.

Restaurant gigi’s at the g Hotel was crowned Hotel Restaurant of the Year at the awards, while Il Vicolo on Dominick Street Lower was announced as the best Italian restaurant in the country.

The Best Mexican Establishment award went to Tuco’s Taqueria on Abbeygate Street in Galway city, and Roots Café Bar Shop on Shop Street was announced as the best café/bistro in Connacht and nationally.

It was also a win for Galway in the Gastro Pub of the Year Connacht category, with John Keogh’s Gastropub Dominick St Upper taking home the award.

A Spokesperson for The Food Awards Ireland said that these awards aim to thank those that work hard within the country’s food industry and contribute to making Ireland a great gastronomic place to visit.

“It is true that Ireland combines tastes and flavours from all over the world and the visitors can find different restaurants, gastro pubs and bistros to meet their needs.

“These people enhance the country’s reputation nationally and internationally, and we would like to make sure that the hard work of Ireland’s food professionals doesn’t go unnoticed.

“It was lovely to be part of this celebration and we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements!”