- 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 £13.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13.95
- Website www.barologrill.co.uk
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.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Ask around and Barolo Grill sits highly in opinion and regard among many who enjoy eating Italian. Dotted with comfortable booth dining and intimate lighting, it offers a private escape from the noise and busy-ness inevitably found in the heart of the city centre. Serving lunchtime and after-work diners well, with a keenly priced two or three-course set menu or, with the inclination, indulging in the à la carte that includes dry-aged, locally sourced steaks results in an equally good choice. Both menus attempt to combine the traditional with the creative. Baffling is how the chef manages to create a near-perfect cylindrical shaped frittata to take centre stage with chargrilled chicken in pollo arrosto. Comforting and delightful is the tortiglioni in crema di finghi e zucchini, too. Legacy lives on here as predecessor L'Ariosto is mentioned by staff likely to be too young to have experienced it, but being in the trade they comprehend a long-lasting reputation means there is a lot to live up to, and Barolo Grill manages it with aplomb.
- High point: A city centre dining haven
- Low point: Re-emerging into the city centre
- Notable dish: Tortglioni in crema di funghi e zucchine
- Delivery: deliveroo
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: italian lounge
- Capacity: 140
- 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 Grill16 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…