- Telephone 0141 248 2111
- Food served Sun–Thu 11.30am–10.30pm; Fri/Sat 11.30am–11pm.
- Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.dimaggios.co.uk
Art-deco style and generous portions of Italian–American food for all the family in Di Maggio’s flagship city centre branch.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Hiding behind a revolving door in a small frontage in the corner of Royal Exchange Square, Di Maggio’s flagship branch is a huge dining space resplendent in 1930s art-deco décor, and easily the most impressive branch in the chain. While sharing the same menu as the city’s other three branches, it is the skill in the kitchen that makes the difference. Italian-American standards dominate the menu, pizza, pasta, burgers and ribs, straightforward enough to satisfy small children and elderly relatives. Starters include deep-fried mozzarella cubes and stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes and basil, and gambas pil pil, prawns swimming in butter, chilli and garlic with a chunk of garlic bread for dunking. Main courses come in generous portions, order a pizza and you may be amazed at how much cheese you can eat. Large bowls of pasta in honest sauces, creamy chicken and bacon or spicy sausage and rich tomatoes, are equally filling. If you can find the room, finish with three scoops of ice-cream in different flavours or a homemade dessert, sticky toffee pudding with real cream.
- High point: Generous, tasty, family-friendly food
- Low point: Surprise date stone in the sticky toffee pud
- Notable dish: Di Maggios pizza
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Dean Martin & Ratpack classics
- Live entertainment: occasional table magic
- Capacity: 380 (120 outdoors)
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 1995
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle