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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Alfredo and Antonia, the dynamic duo at the heart of the Coia enterprise, seem determined to prove that indeed you can please all of the people all of the time. Coia’s has been serving up Italian food alongside a thriving chip shop and delicatessen for almost 90 years. Time has not stood still, however, and the newly refurbished Coia’s is busier than ever. The menu offers inventive favourites such as capesante Stornoway, which marries sweet fresh Mull scallops with salty pancetta, black pudding, micro herbs and a wave-like shaving of parmesan. The more traditional aspect of the menu offers comfort food such as Aberdeen Angus steak pie or a wonderfully generous haddock and chips, while pizzas and pastas are prepared to order and include all the familiar favourites from penne salsiccia to linguine alla pescatora. There is also a specials menu available Thursday to Sunday that allows the chef to exercise his skills and keep regulars intrigued with offerings such as cod in tarragon batter with chips and scallop roe butter purée. For dessert the semifreddo di nutella or the homemade cannoli are Italian-Scots fusion at its best.

  • High point: Appeals to and satisfies an incredibly wide range of customers
  • Low point: Book in advance to avoid disappointment and queues
  • Notable dish: Chicken and mushroom risotto
  • 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