Best Italian Restaurants in Glasgow
Last Updated: 30th January 2017
If there’s one thing Glasgow has no shortage of, it’s Italian restaurants! It made life a little difficult in making this list as there are just so many to choose from, but going by the trusty opinions of our Twitter followers a few popular choices very quickly began to bubble up to the top. Read on to find (in no particular order) the best pizza, pasta and more in town!
Barolo, 92-94 Mitchell Street, G1, ££
Owned by Dimaggio’s, but so much better, Barolo is on the pricey side, but the food is absolutely fantastic. Particularly delicious are the antipasto boards for starter. It’s a big place, with a very stylish interior and large comfortable booths. View the full menu here.
La Lanterna, 35 Hope Street, G2, £
One of the cosiest places on the list, this conveniently located (right next to Central Station) little restaurant has won many awards of the years, and it’s easy to see why. Excellent food, good prices (at least with the pre-theatre menu) and a charming interior. This one definitely needs booking though as it’s packed every night of the week! View the full menu here.
La Fiorentina, 2 Paisley Road West, G51, £
A southside gem, just at the point when Paisley Road becomes Paisley Road West, this isn’t just one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, it’s also been about for some time! Reasonably priced, this is an awesome place for some traditional, hearty Italian food in pleasant surroundings. Book this one in advance as it’s always busy! View the full menu here.
Coia’s Cafe, 473 Duke Street, G31, £
Going out towards the East End, Coia’s on Duke Street is a famous cafe/bar/restaurant which has been in the area since 1928. With consistently good food, in a family friendly cafe-style environment, this is definitely one of the best places to eat on Duke Street. The premises also includes a deli with fresh sandwiches, pastries and more to go. View the full menu here.
Italian Caffe, 92 Albion Street, G1, ££
A kind of Italian “tapas” place, with a large selection of small plates. Order several to share with friends and tuck in. By the time you’ve had your fill you’re probably not going to like the sight of the bill (hey, that rhymes!), but the food is truly excellent and in a very stylish setting on Albion Street. View the full menu here.
Piccolo Mondo, 344 Argyle Street, G2, £
A restaurant which originally opened in the 70s, more recently brought back to life by the same family in 2005. Described as a “blend of innovation and tradition” the menu is traditional Italian fare with a few modern, interesting twists. View the full menu here.
The Italian Kitchen, 64 Ingram Street, G1, ££
In their own words, The Italian Kitchen aims to be compared to Italian restaurants in Italy, not Glasgow. With a great Merchant City location and stylish interior, this restaurant is great for a city centre working lunch or a tasty meal before a night out in this trendy part of the city. View the full menu here.
La Vita, 161 Queen Street, G1, £
Sitting on the corner of George Square, La Vita is right in the heart of the city centre. This place is tall rather than wide, spanning over 3 small floors with tables in every nook and cranny. A real city centre staple, La Vita is frequented by many Italian food lovers in Glasgow and is well worth a visit. View the full menu here. Read our full review here.
Fratelli Sarti, 121 Bath Street, G2, ££
There are actually 3 of these in Glasgow; on Wellington Street, Bath Street and Renfield Street. Fantastic, traditional Italian food in a bustling environment. They also have an extensive deli where you can purchase cold meats, cheeses, olives and more to take away with you. View the full menu here.
Little Italy, 205 Byres Road, G12, £
Italian cafe/take away place on Byres Road. The mozzarella garlic bread is one of the nicest things you’ll ever eat. Always excruciatingly busy and hectic, you’re not coming here for a fine-dining experience, but if you want a great slice of pizza for a quick lunch you really shouldn’t look any further. View the full menu here.