- Telephone 0141 237 3902
- Opening times Mon 5–10pm; Tue–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun 5–10pm
- Food served Mon 5–10pm; Tue–Fri noon-2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun 5–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Fri 5–6.30pm
- Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15.95
- Website www.tarantinoristorante.co.uk
Modern, yet classic Italian in Finnieston, with fresh, inventive cooking and and an interesting selection of Italian wines.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Celebrating the gastronomic heritage of his home town of Nardo on the heel of Italy’s boot, Guglielmo Tarantino has managed to create a lovely balance between traditional and modern in his Finnieston restaurant, which opened in 2014. It’s evident both in terms of the classy, understated interior of the restaurant and the fresh, unfussy cuisine on offer. A starter of parmigiana in bianco – layers of aubergine and courgettes baked with bechamel sauce – arrives piping hot with deliciously crisp vegetables. Homemade ravioli are plump and pillowy and cooked perfectly al dente, with a warming tomato and chilli sauce adding a subtle kick to parcels of delicious wild boar ragù. Seafood features fairly heavily on the menu and dishes range from standard Italian to the more unusual such as sea bream topped with courgette flowers and crushed amaretti biscuits. Desserts are all freshly prepared in house, with passione di fragole – a sundae of strawberry sorbet, fresh strawberries and limoncello – making for a light and refreshing end to an enjoyable meal.
- High point: Quality, honest cooking
- Low point: Not as busy as it deserves to be
- Notable dish: Ravioli Di Cinghiale
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 25
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle