Super Mario karts off the top prize

Visocchi’s Marco Caira beat the competition to be named Scotland’s Best Barista with a perfect score for his signature coffee.

The unnamed drink made of milk, coffee, hazelnut and Nutella scored him the total of 60 marks out of a possible 60.

Judged by an outside panel in the Broughty Ferry mainstay, the creation received a round of applause by cafe patrons and some encouraging words from Marco’s father.

Celebrity TV chef Aldo Zilli presented Marco with the award in front of hundreds at the 2014 Scottish Italian Awards held at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday.

To drum up support from the local area Marco and the markerting team at Visocchi’s took a unique approach to garner votes.

“I imported a three-wheeled Piaggio Ape, with a 50cc Vespa engine and dressed up as Super Mario. I go into Marks and Spencers in the town now and they call me ‘Mario’!

“We didn’t just want to ask people to vote for me, as they would say ‘who is he? why should I vote for him?’ So we made the funny video. It took me nearly 80 hours to make but it put across our passion for making coffee and my talent,” Marco explained.

His gusto for coffee started at a young age, watching barista’s in his father’s cafe. He said: “I have worked as a barista since I was 16 years of age. Even after more than a decade’s work, everything still feels new to me.

“To me, it is a lifelong commitment. It’s about creating something different from the norm, something completely new. I want people to experience coffee the same way I do.