This restaurant has ceased trading.

61 Elmbank Street, Glasgow, G2 4PQ
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun 5–9.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Daily 2–9pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
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Originally established in 1978, Sannino deals in frills-free pizza and pastas with a bargain set menu for the Kings pre-Theatre crowds.

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Their self-proclaimed ‘World famous’ title may be pushing it, but compact basement trattoria Sannino's certainly has a dedicated Glasgow faithful that has keeps it doling out traditional Scots-Italian fare. Handily on the doorstep of the majestic Kings Theatre, join in with the pre-show crowds to experience Sannino's at its buzziest. The concise, no-frills menu highlights some of their original 1978 recipes that remain firm favourites (the Sannino brand has been resident in Glasgow for over 30 years) - a generous bowlful of spaghetti topped with slow-cooked meaty Bolognese sauce or homemade polpette and a shower of freshly shaved parmesan. Other house specialities include an Italian twist on the mixed grill, with pan-fried fillet steak, chicken breast and spicy, coarse sausage served up with pungent truffle mash and a red wine jus, whilst the thin-crust pizzas are more on the dainty side with refined toppings including seasonal wild mushrooms and salty curls of parma ham. Desserts continue the no-nonsense theme, with diners almost unanimously settling on their unchanged-since-the- seventies tiramisu that’s heavy on the cream and surprisingly light on the booze. With gallus, swift service and an all-night set menu that’s a real steal, expect Sannino’s to still be going strong in another 30 years time.

The List's rating






Ruth Marsh visited Sannino on 4 April 2019
  • High point: Cheerful and quick service
  • Low point: Seating a little tattered
  • Notable dish: Misto griglia
  • Average price: £7.95 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 1978 officially (but have had various owners since then)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle