The Italian Caffè

The Italian Caffè
92 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY
  • Telephone 0141 552 3186
  • Bar open Bar open until 1 (licence pending)
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Fri noon–6.30pm
  • Average price £8.95 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £8.95/£12.95
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The Italian Caffè

Sleek and stylish modern Italian, with a fantastic range of wines by the glass and enticing array of small dishes designed for sharing.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Of the myriad Italian restaurants in Glasgow’s Merchant City, Italian Caffè takes a slightly different approach to dining out. As Glasgow’s only enoteca, meaning wine library, a vast array of popular and lesser-known Italian wines are available by the glass to suit all tastes and budgets. Located a stone’s throw from the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, it is ideal for those wanting a quick pre-concert bite. Their carefully constructed menu of piccolo piatti (small plates) sees an array of dishes that beautifully complement each other, meaning diners can choose a couple to accompany a glass of wine, or select a few more to share. Baked oysters Rockefeller have a lovely blend of spinach, cream and parmesan to offset the saltiness of the seafood, and mini ‘pizzette’ are a great way to enjoy a thin and crispy pizza without feeling overloaded with carbs. For a protein hit, try mixed antipasto platters to enjoy a variety of Italian meats and fish. With a stylish, muted interior and knowledgeable waiting staff, Italian Caffè is a lovely venue for a relaxed and sophisticated evening.

  • High point: Excellent selection of wines by the glass
  • Low point: Slightly weird artwork
  • Notable dish: Oysters Rockafella baked with spinach, pancetta, cream and parmesan
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: mix of staff choices
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 16, Sun–Thu; 8, Fri/Sat
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 33
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle