- Telephone 0141 554 3822
- Food served Mon–Thu 7am–10pm; Fri/Sat 7am–11pm; Sun 10am–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6pm
- Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £14.95
- Website www.coiascafe.co.uk
Busy, traditional neighbourhood Italian, ideal for families, with something on the menu everyone will enjoy.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With its classic blue and gold exterior, the Coia family have been adding a splash of Italian vibrancy to Duke Street since 1928. They obviously know what they’re doing, with a restaurant which is nearly always packed, and a busy chip shop and deli. A starter of bang bang shrimp is nicely spiced, although the chilli mayo served over the prawns is a tad over vinegared. Portions here are huge – a half portion of spaghetti carbonara could easily pass for a generous main, although that’s not to say quantity outweighs quality with the pasta perfectly al dente and the sauce just the right consistency, with copious cubes of pancetta. The dessert menu is an ice-cream lover’s heaven, with a selection of nostalgic classics (think oysters and snowballs) sundaes and Italian favourites, all served with Coia’s fantastically delicious homemade ice-cream. Very family friendly, the kids’ menu is great value – a main course, drink and scoop of ice-cream for a fiver – while the grown ups will appreciate the extensive and interesting Italian wine list.
- High point: Amazing homemade ice-cream
- Low point: Overly large portions
- Notable dish: Black Cherry Ice Cream
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 98
- Largest group: 98
- Open since: 1928
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle