- Telephone 0141 572 7000
- Bar open Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 12.30–10pm;
- Food served Mon–Thu 8am–10pm; Fri 8am–10.30pm; Sat 8am–10.30pm; Sun noon–10pm
- Pre-theatre times 11.30am–6.30pm
- Average price £11 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £11
- Website www.sarti.co.uk
Traditional trattoria-style restaurant with three branches across the city centre, serving authentic high-quality Italian cuisine.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Housed in the impressive surroundings of a former Victorian bank, Fratelli Sarti’s flagship branch on Renfield street has a traditional trattoria feel with an added dose of grandeur thanks to its high ceilings and chandeliers. Their extensive menu, which is the same in their Bath Street and Wellington Street restaurants also, features a huge variety of Italian meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. From their ‘antipasti terra’ section, a starter of involtina mozzarella e speck, a whole mozzarella encased in salty, smoky cured wild boar comes baked in a luscious parmesan and cream sauce, while plump butterflied king prawns are delicately flavoured with garlic and chilli. A main course of padello del marinaio – fisherman’s frying pan – is particularly impressive, served straight from the hob, with mussels, squid and langoustines coming with garlic-rubbed bread to soak up the delicious juices. The selection of desserts vary, and the chalked-up menu can be baffling for non-Italian speakers, although the friendly waiting staff are happy to talk you through the sweet selection. If you fancy brushing up on your language skills though, the Renfield Street branch offers Italian lessons at weekends with a complimentary aperitivo and 10% off your bill if you stay for lunch.
- High point: Quality, traditional Italian cooking
- Low point: Too much choice on the menu
- Notable dish: Involtina mozzarella e speck
- Private dining: Up to 36 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Occasional themed music nights, Italian lessons some weekends
- Capacity: 110
- Largest group: 96
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £18.95 per bottle
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