We are proud to announce that this year marked the first edition of the Italian Street Food Oscars, the first national contest that awards the best Street Food in Italy.
There were around 1,000 Italian vendors considered for the awards and the competition registered around 47,000 votes from the general public. The competition was organized by CiboDiStrada.it and of course the contest was full of Palermintan nominated vendors.
Of the approximately 1,000 vendors, only 10 vendors were selected for the final round. In that top 10 was our own Nino u' Ballerino, aka Antonino Buffa from Corso Finocchiaro Aprile in Palermo.
The top 10 finalists had to prepare their specialties for a jury made up of Mauro Rosati, Jury president, and the journalists and food bloggers: Chiara Maci, Luisanna Messeri, Elisa Poli, and Carlotta Girola.
We are overjoyed to report that not only did Nino u' Ballerino win for the category of "Best Offal Dish" for this spleen sandwich, but he also won the overall competition for "Best Street Food in Italy."
Nino was so moved by the win, that he shed tears while he accepted his award.
Here is the list of finalists:
1. Nino U’ Ballerino dal 1802
Specialità: Pani ca' meusa "schiettu"
2. La Folperia da Max e Barbara
3. Le Roi de la Crêpe
Specialità: Crêpe con sella, pecorino e erbe
4. I Sapori del Mio Paese
Specialità: Panino con porchetta artigianale
5. All’Antico Vinaio
Specialità: La Favolosa
6. Tavola Calda Europa
Specialità: Arancino con ricotta fresca e Piacentinu Ennese DOP
7. Venditti Porchetta
8. Amici di Ponte Vecchio
Specialità: Covaccino con stracchino e salsiccia
Regione: Emilia Romagna
Specialità: Cuoppo di fritto
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