Alla Italia

Alla Italia
194 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4DY
  • Telephone 0141 332 5300
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm; 5–10pm; Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 5–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times 2–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Email
  • Website www.allaitalia.co.uk
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in association with
Birra Moretti

A welcoming city centre Italian restaurant ideal for a pre-theatre, with Turkish dishes available in the mix.

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Don’t judge this place by its slightly clunky website or mismatched menu fonts. Where it matters – in the kitchen – things are a slick and well organised. Its cosy interior is hung with glass mosaic lamps – a clue that it is run as a split Turkish/Italian restaurant with two menus. It would be fair to say there are no huge surprises on the Italian side: a caprese salad of tomato, mozzarella and basil, Parma ham with melon and bruschetta among the starters; pizzas, risotto and pastas in the mains; and ice-cream and panacotta to finish. Each dish, however, is well put together and beautifully presented and it is easy to see why Alla Italia has become such a popular pre-theatre spot (it is moments from both the King’s and ABC). It might seem that Turkish and Italian are unlikely bedfellows, but the common theme is hospitality. Desserts come with a complimentary liqueur, staff are polite and attentive, and the overall impression is that diners are guests, not customers. It is a welcome oasis in a busy area of the city.

The List's rating
7.4

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Andrea Pearson visited Alla Italia on 6 March 2018
  • High point: Wonderfully welcoming
  • Low point: Somewhat safe and predictable menu
  • Notable dish: Tagliatelle gamberetti
  • Average price: £6.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 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
  • Music on stereo: Turkish music
  • Live entertainment: Fri/Sat 5.30pm–10.30pm, live music
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle