La Vita Spuntini

La Vita Spuntini
199–201 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TN
  • Telephone 0141 339 4222
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm
  • Pre-theatre times noon–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £7.99 (three tapas)
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Byres Road Italian with a twist, offering a tempting array of small dishes cooked to order at a very reasonable price.

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This relaxed and convivial Byres Road restaurant operates a tapas-style menu with a splendid array of Italian dishes from which to build your meal. It is possible to eat in the standard starter, mains, dessert mode but the spuntini menu is fun and indulges those who love to share or want everything on the menu. Women in pairs and groups, as well as students, tend to favour eating here and there is a thoughtfully selected range of wines by the glass to enhance the experience. Most of the spuntini are freshly prepared apart from slow-cooked meats or lasagne and the flavours are pronounced and enjoyable. The tomato sugo is orangey red indicating the use of fresh as opposed to tinned tomatoes, the arancini are crispy and substantial while the little pepperoni and potato frittata is simultaneously soft, crunchy and piquant. Polpette, the superbly seasoned beef and pork meatballs, are moreish indeed – and the beauty of the spuntini approach is you can ask for more without either overspending or seeming greedy. Steak, chicken and fish mains are oven roasted or chargrilled and come with inventive accompaniments.

  • High point: Lots of choices from a thoughtfully constructed menu
  • Low point: Side salads are rather small
  • Notable dish: Pork belly from Ramsay’s of Carluke
  • Average price: £7.99 (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
  • Music on stereo: Italian classics
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £18.25 per bottle