It’s never long before someone mentions Sarti’s when the topic of Italian food in Glasgow arises. Approaching its 25th anniversary, the business has stood the test of time – they even sell their own branded aprons and travel mugs. While the grander and larger of the three neighbouring restaurants is on Renfield Street, many Glaswegians will favour the bustling atmosphere at Bath Street where the cluttered but romantic trattoria-style venue is forever packed with newcomers and regulars alike. Connected by winding passageways, the Wellington St branch is similarly dripping with quaint Italian charm, but is sleepier and more relaxed, making it a popular breakfast destination. The à la carte menu offers popular Italian dishes alongside less ubiquitous offerings that sound authentically rustic. Some of the secondi are pushing hard on the price bracket, but there is always the pre-theatre menu option (excludes Bath St), which offers good value for money. Gnocchi romolo e remo is a perfect starter-size portion of pleasingly firm gnocchi in an intense but not overly garlicky cream sauce, and scaloppine appiano gentile – pork milanese to you and me – is a straightforward and satisfying treat, accompanied as it often is with a simple side of al dente spaghetti in Napoli sauce.
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 1992
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle