La Vita

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La Vita
161 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BJ
  • Telephone 0141 248 3533
  • Food served Mon–Sat 7.30am–11pm; Sun 9am–11pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–6.30pm; Sat noon–5pm
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
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Traditional old-school, family-run Scottish-Italian with contemporary appeal and a real crowd-pleaser of a pre-theatre.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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La Vita is the essence of generous Italian hospitality. There’s plenty of room for everyone over the three floors of dining space, oodles of choice on the menu and the portions are huge. Waiting staff are welcoming and the site, on the corner of George Square, is perfectly positioned for people-watching. Rosettes indicate house specialities, like ravioli Rafael, meat ravioli baked in a creamy pesto sauce with cherry tomatoes, or chicken Portofino, a breaded chicken breast with tomato sauce and mozzarella perched atop a bed of tagliatelle with wild mushrooms in a cream sauce. The inclusion of traditional Scottish ingredients on the menu leads to some interesting quirks such as Stornoway black pudding in spaghetti carbonara or haggis topping a pizza but overall the menu is straight-up Italian, as befits a restaurant dynasty stretching back three generations (you’ll find their story on the menu). Desserts are towering concoctions of ice-cream, whipped cream and confectionary and, as a final flourish, a tooth-threatening drumstick sweetie arrives with the bill. Decent breakfasts and a good lunch deal keep the customers coming throughout the day.

The List's rating






Bronwen Livingstone visited La Vita on 21 February 2019
  • High point: You'll not leave hungry
  • Low point: Rather a lot of dishes with chilli in them
  • Notable dish: Penne nonna – bacon, pine nuts, wild mushrooms,sun-dried tomatoes
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • 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
  • Music on stereo: Italian pop
  • Capacity: 140
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle