O Sole Mio
A traditional Italian restaurant in the city centre offering competitively priced dishes and wood-fired pizza.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Slap bang in the city centre, O Sole Mio has the cosy, familiar feel of the neighbourhood restaurant and, though its location can mean it sees a lot of lunchtime and pre-theatre traffic, the quieter evenings lend an intimacy to the meal. The open kitchen gives a good view of the chefs at work and the red-brick mouth of Glasgow’s first-ever wood-fired pizza oven. The menu has been honed over the half century of the restaurant’s life, crostini O Sole Mio – ciabatta with figs and parma ham, with sharp, fresh mint leaves and sweetened with a drizzle of honey – is wonderfully simple and quite delicious. Black squid ink spaghetti with clams is light and fresh as the sea, delicately flavoured with garlic and olive oil, while the stew of Tuscan sausage and green lentils, piping hot and brimming with diced veg, is a homely bowl of comfort food. Of course, with such a venerable pizza oven the hand-stretched pizza has to be tried – the pulcinella is topped with a fine combination of crumbled salsiccia, mushrooms and delicious blobs of creamy, salty gorgonzola.
- High point: Delicious hand-stretched pizza
- Low point: Bit draughty at the window
- Notable dish: Pizza
- 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