O Sole Mio
A traditional Italian restaurant in the city centre offering competitively priced dishes and wood-fired pizza.
This well-placed restaurant offers an alternative to the chain eateries dominating the Buchanan Gallery end of Bath Street. The head chef-manager-owner dedicates his time to ensuring that his enterprise runs smoothly although sometimes additional waiting staff would help the flow. O Sole Mio has occupied this spot since 1965 and is fondly remembered by many. The space itself is relatively small although well designed with comfortable booths and tables creating varied eating spaces for the crowds of diners enjoying the competitively priced breakfast, lunch and early evening deals. Currently the exceptionally long traditional menu may be trying too hard to appeal to all diners and dishes can vary in quality. However, the restaurant was the first to bring a traditional pizza oven to Glasgow and pizzas are thin and crusty with generous toppings, while the sharing platters offer a well selected range of meats and cheeses accompanied by a basket of focaccia. The drinks list includes a standard range of beers and Italian wines by the glass including two interesting and quite unusual chiantis.
- High point: Reasonably priced traditional menu
- Low point: White and cold focaccia
- Notable dish: Seafood risotto
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Internet Italian radio pop music
- Capacity: 60 (12 outdoors)
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 1965
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle