Barolo Grill

Barolo Grill
92–94 Mitchell Street, Glasgow, G1 3NQ
  • Telephone 0141 221 0971
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu noon–7pm; Fri/Sat noon–6pm.
  • Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
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It is an indication of the institution that L'Ariosto had become in Glasgow that even a month after being replaced by Barolo Grill the phone is answered with a cheery 'Hello, L'Ariosto'. It also a reminder that the staff – some of whom have been around for decades – have been retained throughout the Di Maggio's group takeover a few years ago and the recent transformation into a stylish Italian grillhouse. Barolo is an attractive restaurant, smart and comfortable, with an unflashy elegance – full of warm browny red and cream tones, with patchwork mirrors, stonework walls, a huge photomural depicting the eponymous town and illuminated glass panels between the booths that comprise most of the seating. It’s a far cry from the mock piazza décor of its predecessor and will appeal to a wider audience, whether suits, shoppers, lovers or a celebrating family. The menu blends pasta and pizza choices with regional specialities and grills. To start, the Piedmont filo parcels, filled with crumbed Italian sausage and earthy porcini mushrooms, are a delicious opening, while an excellent carpaccio justifies its price with tender slices of seared beef fillet with a delicately marinated bean salad. Pizzas are cooked in the newly installed 'woodstone' pizza oven, and there are various pastas and risottos on offer. The grill mains include beef cuts from Simon Howie butchers, plus a successful translation of bangers and mash featuring succulent Italian sausages and a creamy celeriac mash – though the covering of Fontina cheese overdoes the richness somewhat. A rack of lamb, while no longer pink, is tender and tasty, complemented by broad beans enlivened by mint and garlic. Desserts include tiramisù and gelato, as well as a rich and airy chocolate cheesecake with hazelnuts, and a well-executed strudel with pear and black grape. The impressive wine list has various barolos – from £30 to £100 – and other excellent Italian offerings. Prices overall aren’t a massive increase on a standard Di Maggio’s bill, yet the food is way ahead – add in attractive lunch and pre-theatre deals and Barolo proves itself a fine choice for Italian food in the city centre.

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This cosseting and welcoming restaurant is well suited to a treat or celebration evening out. The music and light levels combined with a subtly attentive staff and booth seating create an instant feeling of specialness. Attention to detail is also reflected in the drinks menu with its range of Scottish craft gins, served in large wide bowl glasses. The menu is extensive without being run of the mill and there are various good-value offers including gourmet lunch and early evening menus and Wednesday steak nights with two steaks and a bottle of wine for £30. An outstanding breakfast is also served, while the outside space is used for summer cocktails and winter warmers. The vegetable and cheese based crostini sharing platter enhances the conviviality with toppings of bright red marinated tomatoes and red peppers, mushrooms and toasted taleggio, and fluffy honey and thyme-infused ricotta, all elegantly presented on a basil-drizzled platter. To finish, the passion fruit panacotta with sour cherry compote is tangy, delicious and set to perfection.

  • High point: Genuine care and attention to detail
  • Low point: Sea bass skin could have been crispier
  • Notable dish: Branzino (sea bass) con salsa verde
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  • 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
  • Capacity: 140(50 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

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Restaurant review: Glasgow's Barolo Grill

16 Aug 2011

Unflashy elegance and a fine choice for Italian food in city centre

It is an indication of the institution that L’Ariosto had become in Glasgow that even a month after being replaced by Barolo Grill the phone is answered with a cheery ‘Hello, L’Ariosto’. It also a reminder that the staff – some of whom have been around…