Review: Sapori D’Italia, Cathcart Road
I first stumbled upon Sapori d’Italia on one of those slate-grey November afternoons when the rain is unrelenting and practically horizontal. Since that day, I have returned several times, joining a group of enthusiastic regulars who enjoy the trattoria’s cozy, unpretentious atmosphere, authentically warm service and consistently delicious Italian food. A small restaurant occupying a corner space just off Cathcart Road, Sapori d’Italia is intimate without feeling too cramped, with ten or so tables all offering a view of the busy kitchen. A word of caution, though – in my experience the restaurant is almost always full (always an encouraging sign) so booking is advisable, particularly on weekends.
The antipasto platter for two is large and varied, including grilled vegetables, sliced meats, prawns, bruschetta and cheese, and the evening specials of freshly made porcini ravioli and tender pork fillet in a cream sauce with rosemary baby potatoes were generously-sized and rich without being overwhelming. Although I am usually too full to order dessert, on the occasions I have indulged in dolce, I have been nothing but impressed. Their silky panna cotta and homemade tiramisu are particularly noteworthy.
Their very reasonable lunchtime menu offers a two course meal for £7.95, with three courses for just £10.25. Opt for something substantial and rib-sticking, like prosciutto stuffed tortellini or a dense, bubbling lasagna, or feel virtuous with a fluffy filled omelette or a smoked trout salad. If you’re just a little peckish, you can enjoy a glass of crisp Italian wine with a side order of warm, cheese topped garlic bread to nibble on for £3.45 – the perfect way to spend an all-too-common dreich Glasgow afternoon with a friend.