The Italian Caffè
- 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
- Website www.theitaliancaffe.co.uk
Sleek and stylish modern Italian, with a fantastic range of wines by the glass and enticing array of small dishes designed for sharing.
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