Tarantino Ristorante

Tarantino Ristorante
914–916 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7TF
  • Telephone 0141 237 3902
  • Opening times Mon 5–10pm; Tue–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun 5–10pm
  • Food served Tue/Wed 5–10pm; Thu/Fri noon–2.45pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–4pm, 5–10pm; Sun 5–10pm. Closed Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Fri 5–6.15pm
  • Pre-theatre price £16.95
  • Email
  • Website www.tarantinoristorante.co.uk
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A stylish niche restaurant specialising in southern Italian dishes crafted from the best of local and Italian ingredients.

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Upon opening Tarantino’s menu, a few things are immediately apparent: this is a list void of spaghetti, lacking lasagne, missing veal Milanese and done with garlic bread. Left in its wake is an unusual – and welcome – chasm, filled with curious ingredients to create an enticing celebration of Sicily and Puglia. You wouldn’t expect to begin with scallops in Sambuca, but let it be known that cooking the liquor long banishes overpowering anise flavours, while accompanying pomegranate drops in some sweetness. Wild boar is a signature ingredient, finding its way into multiple dishes. It’s in meatballs (the recipe of which is top secret) served with reginette pasta in homemade tomato sauce with wild mushrooms. Bold and bitter tastes are catered for when it comes to desserts of affogato, Sicilian chocolate cake or black cherry coppa Amerena. And to top off this sumptuous anomaly, surroundings consist of dark corners, dark wood and dark murals, which – rather than being ominous – work harmoniously to encourage you to sink down and enjoy something other than the more typical Italian offerings.

The List's rating






Laura Blackhurst visited Tarantino Ristorante on 11 February 2018
  • High point: Differentiates from the norm, and unusual pasta varieties
  • Low point: Salame al cioccolato dessert is difficult to cut through
  • Notable dish: Reginette wild boar
  • Average price: £11.95 (set lunch); £21 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic Italian
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle

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