Coia's Café

Coia's Café
473–477 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1RD
  • Telephone 0141 554 3822
  • Food served Mon–Wed 7am–9pm; Thu–Sat 7am–10pm; Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–5pm
  • Pre-theatre price £11.95
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A bustling Dennistoun treat, all decked out in blue and gold with crystal chandeliers, tempting chip shop and well-stocked deli.

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Now in its ninth decade, Coia’s has long since mastered the art of stuffing Glasgow bellies with Italy’s finest exports. Despite its age, there’s not a whiff of frailty, and its leather booths, glittering chandeliers and surfaces that shine mean you’d never guess its maturity. Tables are packed, leaving barely any room to so much as toss a pizza. The menu holds the clue to its longevity; bites of dense gnocchi come in piping hot dishes, pizzas are made to order and heaving with toppings, while chippy staples are famed. This is peak comfort food – where else would you find such satisfyingly thick and gooey lasagne? Desserts are so sumptuous you’ll dream of desert islands – sundaes spill over glasses, granny apples drip toffee, and a whole section is dedicated to homemade cheesecakes. In the adjoining deli, step around a treasure trove of tempting gift hampers while the kids peer upon rows of ice-cream and hordes of takeaway diners depart with boxes, leaving trails of tempting aromas. You'll never find a quiet corner, but that’s exactly what makes Coia’s so spectacular.

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Laura Blackhurst visited Coia's Café on 25 February 2018
  • High point: A huge breadth of choice covering more than just Italian food
  • Low point: Waiting for a table can mean a tight squeeze or even a step outside
  • Notable dish: Classic lasagne
  • Average price: £11.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: 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: Italian and international popular classics
  • Capacity: 110 (30 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 1928
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle

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