Delicious and authentic, Paesano’s open kitchen produces incredibly affordable Neapolitan artisan pizzas.
If you like pizza you will love Paesano, which adheres to the do-one-thing-but-do-it-really-well principle. In contemporary canteen-like surroundings that would not be out of place in Shoreditch, Paul Stevenson (formerly of the Italian Caffè and the Italian Kitchen) has established something of a Glasgow institution. An efficient line of artisan chefs conjures up perfect pizzas in minutes. Following a traditional Neapolitan recipe, slow-proved sourdough is spread with San Marzano tomatoes and topped with soft, tearable, creamy mozzarella di bufala and then placed into fiery-hot wood-burning ovens, which take seconds to char the base and puff up the crust. The process transforms the erstwhile Italian sidebread into an indulgent feast – and for around £7 a head. It is pizza or pizza on the menu (although fantastic super-size and loaded salads can be requested). The topping combo list is kept short – but daily specials introduce extras such as scamorza (smoked mozzarella), wild boar salami, or seafood. For afters there is cake with soft swirls of ice-cream – but staff won’t be offended if you abstain. It really is all about those pizzas.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indie and classic pop
- Capacity: 165
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16 per bottle
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