Bella Vita

Bella Vita
597 Mosspark Boulevard, Glasgow, G52 1SB
  • Telephone 0141 882 1144
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.45pm, 5–9.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–9.30pm; Sun 1–8.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–9pm; Fri/Sat 3–7pm; Sun 3–8.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £10.50
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A popular family restaurant with engaging décor, a friendly atmosphere and generous portions

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Bella Vita caters with verve for a wide range of customers. It’s evident in the incredible value set lunch, which reflects the fact that family groups often eat here, and includes sophisticated vegan starters such as melon with poached figs and amaretto alongside chicken strips with a spicy dipping sauce. Mains offer an equally varied range, from fish and chips to pasta of the day or a delicious slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The à la carte menu offers up many delights – pollo alla Sophia Loren is a rosemary roasted chicken teamed with woody mushroom infused tagliatelle that bursts with flavour, and isn’t heavy handed with the cream. The chef takes pleasure in preparing specials based on what is on offer from his Italian suppliers, and the many regulars flock in on Friday and Saturday nights to sample his creations. The recently revamped wine list has a range of Italian regional wines including an excellent dry and fruity Pinot Grigio without a hint of acidity. The restaurant resonates with the sound of diners enjoying themselves, the fact that they are in Scotland barely registers, so convincing and Italianate is the ambience.

  • High point: Caters for wide-ranging tastes including vegan
  • Low point: Staff don’t always draw attention to interesting specials board
  • Notable dish: Branzino Sorrentina - pan-fried sea bass with a sauce of tomatoes, spring onions, parsley and lemon juice
  • Average price: £7.50 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Orchestral hits
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 15-20
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5, plus mini bottles of prosecco light
  • House wine: £11.95 per bottle