Celino's

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Celino's
620–624 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3BT
  • Telephone 0141 554 0523
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8.15am–10pm; Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Sat 4–6pm; Thu all day
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Email
  • Website www.celinos.com
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Celino's

Traditional trattoria bringing beautifully cooked Italian favourites to Dennistoun, with the option to take home treats from the deli counter.

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Everything Celino's does looks so simple. It's just done to such an exceptionally high standard though that you'll leave with smile plastered on your face, planning your next visit already. The Alexandra Parade trattoria is a little off the beaten track if you're not an East End resident - but you'd be daft to write it off for distance - we're enthusiastically discussing the merits of our meal an hour after leaving. To start; the spicy sausage in the Polenta Salsiccia E Sagiolo is fiercely fiery - and there's a vegetarian version too, while the Cozze is positively luxurious - Shetland mussels in white wine and cream sauce. For pasta dishes you can choose from penne, linguine and spaghetti - waiting staff are happy to recommend the latter for the Vongole. The flavours; fresh clam, garlic and then chilli arrive in stages, reaching all four mortal limbs and shaking them alive. It's a showstopper, and the Parmigiana Di Melanzane isn't far behind, a beautifully cooked aubergine dish. Finish up with the Torta Della Nonna - sweet pastry topped with vanilla custard and roasted pine nuts - and take home a box of cannoli for those who weren't lucky enough to join you.

The List's rating
9.2

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Craig Angus visited Celino's on 7 February 2019
  • High point: Pasta dishes are exquisite
  • Low point: Can get extremely busy - particularly on football nights
  • Notable dish: Spaghetti vongole
  • Average price: £10.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
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  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: AOR and pop - Coldplay etc
  • Live entertainment: Swing nights four of five times a year - set menu and dancing for £39.95
  • Capacity: 52
  • Largest group: 52
  • Open since: 1982
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best Italian restaurants in Glasgow

29 May 2019

The tastiest pasta, pizza and more authentic Italian food in Glasgow

Italian was once the only option for a night out and the city's reliable family restaurants are good crowd-pleasers for inter-generational occasions. Pizzas, however, like burgers a few years ago, have now spiralled off on their own and the city now has…

Festive Food Q&A: Claudio Celino, owner of Celino's Italian Delicatessen Trattoria

15 Nov 2018

Claudio shares his Christmas cooking tips

'Tis the season to gather together with loved ones and eat ourselves into a stupor until the new year. Since we've been dreaming non-stop of turkey and trimmings since the weather turned cold, we decided to ask some professional foodies about their…

Celino's Partick: making top-quality Italian dining accessible to everyone

23 Nov 2017

After decades satisfying diners in the East End, Celino's has headed west and opened a second deli-restaurant

There's more than a glimmer of the up-and-coming food scene in Partick and Thornwood right now. Organic food joints, craft beer bars, and coffee shops with gluten-free and vegan delicacies have been sprouting up among the betting shops, old-school…

Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

16 Nov 2017

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, we've asked nine local chefs how we can make the most of Scottish food and drink over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, here's what they recommend. Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and…

Breakfast ideas for New Year's Day

16 Nov 2017

Smoked salmon, french toast, haggis and Bloody Marys to help a sore head

If you've seen it through to the bells and partied until the wee hours, you'll be in need of a hearty breakfast for your first meal of 2018. Or if you've planned a quiet one, then even more reason to get up sharp and celebrate New Year's Day with a…

Christmas dinner: to turkey or not to turkey?

16 Nov 2017

Rib roasts, haggis and 'tofurkey' are great alternatives to Christmas Turkey, say these Scottish chefs

For some of us, Turkey will always be the centrepiece to our Christmas table. But, if tradition's never really been your thing then these tips from chefs across Edinburgh and Glasgow should help you find a tasty alternative to try out this year.