Given the very reasonable prices and its prime Byres Road location, Little Italy is always going to benefit from a high footfall, but it is the quality of the food that ensures return visits and a hardcore following. The takeaway menu offers pasta, salads and hot focaccia, but the star here is the pizza. Fresh dough creates a light base with a crisp exterior and a soft middle and toppings are generous and packed full of flavour. Busy and bustling, the café itself is often short on seating space, but takeaway customers in for the collection-only service can usually find a perch and indulge in one of Little Italy’s excellent coffees while waiting for their order to be filled.
This review is taken from the 2010 edition.
Carrying more of a café vibe than that of a restaurant, Little Italy is a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by. The pizzas are the highpoint of the dining experience, not just for their taste and freshness, but also for the novelty of the buzzer you’re given signalling that your order is ready to be collected. The bruschetta is also freshly prepared and delicious. The bread is toasted, yet soft to the bite without being soggy. Slightly more of a let-down is the pasta. Already prepared and sitting in plastic tubs before being reheated, the chicken pesto pasta is fairly sparse on chicken. The premises aren’t licensed, but washing the food down with a San Pellegrino instead still feels suitably Italian.
- High point: Great fresh pizza
- Low point: Reheated pasta
- Private dining: N/A
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Italian radio station
- Capacity: 33 seated, 20 standing
- Largest group: N/A
- Open since: 1994
- Number of wines sold by the glass: N/A
- House wine: N/A per bottle
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