- Telephone 0141 334 5959
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6.30pm; Sun noon–5pm (not Sat)
- Average price £4.95 (one-course); £16 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £4.95 (one-course)
- Website www.tonymacaroni.co.uk
Combining genuine Italian service with the convenience of a chain, Tony Macaroni offers a reliable choice for a meal in the vibrant West End.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Tony Macaroni’s winning formula marries the convenience and reliability of a chain restaurant with authentic Italian waiter service you would expect from a traditional trattoria. With around a dozen venues across Scotland, the two Glasgow branches – city and West End – share the same truly comprehensive menu, taking in everything from arancini balls, veal escalopes, pan-fried sea bass and pizza bianco, to barbecue ribs and burger and chips. Alongside the à la carte, the presto menu, with dishes from £4.95, has to be one of the most economical in the city. Dishes are turned out swiftly, with starters including crostini Tony Macaroni – toasted bread topped with melted cheese, crumbled salsiccia and pickled peppers – while caponata is a rich and delicious Sicilian stew of aubergines and tomatoes, with the sharp saltiness of capers and the occasional crunch of pine nuts. Rigatoni comes with huge chunks of meaty sausage in a robust tomato and pepper ragù, while pollo zucchini has chicken with a courgette sauce flavoured with green tea and a pleasantly unusual side of crunchy polenta fingers. Desserts are huge, sweet and, in the case of the ice-cream sundaes, extravagant to behold.
- High point: Quick and easy Italian food
- Low point: Courgette a little overcooked
- Notable dish: signature dishes pepper the menu
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: funk & soul
- Capacity: 125
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £16.45 per bottle