La Vita Spuntini

La Vita Spuntini
199–201 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TN
  • Telephone 0141 339 4222
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm (last orders)
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–5.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £8.99 / £9.99 (three tapas)
  • Email
  • Website www.lavitapizzeria.co.uk
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All-day through to late-night Byres Road Italian offering up a vast menu of classics alongside innovative small-plates, all at very affordable prices.

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Part of the La Vita family of reliable Glasgow Italian eateries, the vast two-storey Byres Road branch dishes up above-average pizza and pastas alongside an intriguing range of seasonal small plates. Waiting staff in natty tweed accessories talk you through the varying concepts – from family-style sharing bowls of lobster ravioli and chicken and courgette risotto placed in the middle of the table to miniature Neapolitan pizzettes, cooked briefly in the log-fired oven and topped with the likes of red pesto and jalapeño. Going tapas-style is recommended, with highlights including fior di latte mozzarella deep-fried in panko breadcrumbs, a generous bundle of new Spring asparagus spears grilled in a sticky balsamic glaze and rabbit cacciatora slow-braised with tomato and potato. La Vita Spuntini sets the bar high for stress-free group dining, with ‘something for everything’ rarely more true. The separate vegetarian and vegan menu is an always-appreciated gesture and those with a sugar craving should hit up the tuckshop-raiding cocktail list, including a tooth-tingling Drumstick signature serve, inspired by everyone’s favourite penny chew.

The List's rating
7

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Ruth Marsh visited La Vita Spuntini on 14 March 2019
  • High point: Hit up the small plates for the most innovative offerings
  • Low point: Can feel a bit cavernous on a quiet night
  • Notable dish: Slow-cooked rabbit
  • Average price: £8.99 (three tapas); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery: from £2
  • 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
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £18.25 per bottle