Osteria Italiana

Osteria Italiana
17 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1HP
  • Telephone 0141 552 6009
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–4.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
  • Email
  • Website www.osteriaglasgow.co.uk
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Wonderfully good value home-style Italian cooking in an urbane city centre setting.

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The four-year-old Osteria has not yet caught the wave it deserves – perhaps because it is tucked a little off the main drag. Its grey metro tiles and wine-clad bar make it look sophisticated but the food is pure home-style Italy, and there’s a neighbourhood-style welcome from manager Felice Minervini. The menu appears to be a roll call of Italian standards, but there are clues to an ambitious kitchen – a calzone with walnut and black pepper, or pollo cacciatore, a hunter-style chicken stew. Starters impress: generous marinated olives are rich with garlic flavour; caprese salad has tearable, soft mozzarella drizzled in a lovely olive oil. Star attraction of many mains is the delicious slow-cooked tomato sauce (four hours in prep) that lifts pizzas, pastas, and other dishes such as a parmigiana di melanzane to inspiring levels. Wines, such as the house Chianti, are terrific, and as a final flourish, along with the grappa selection, the dessert menu suggests pairings – the panacotta with Moscato d’Asti is completely divine. With all this quality you might expect a hefty bill – but Osteria delivers outstanding value, too.

The List's rating






Andrea Pearson visited Osteria Italiana on 21 January 2018
  • High point: Sophisticated home-cooking style food at amazing prices
  • Low point: Could do with more veggie options
  • Notable dish: Parmigiana di melanzane
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 35 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Italian favourites
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle