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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Traditional Italian favourites at terrific value in this stylish Merchant City restaurant

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There are a lot of clocks adorning Osteria’s stylish interior, signifying the importance of time in cooking good Italian food, and the joys of kicking back and savouring the moment. Osteria is indeed a delightful place to spent a few hours, with rousing music from the old country and a charming conservatory area, illuminated by fairy lights. Pride is taken here in the slow-cooked tomato sauce, which tastes like it’s been loved, but the showstopper is the cacio e pepe, served with short rigatoni. This most simple of traditional dishes – black pepper and pungent peperino with a small dose of cream – is a thing of beauty. It’s available, too, as a pizza topping – and all of Osteria’s pizzas can be made as a calzone. After all the talk of time, Osteria has a preposterously good set menu if you've a lack of it, or if you’re on a budget, and – unless you're a vegetarian – no shortage of options, too. An array of puddings are on offer as well, including gigantic sundaes made with Nardini's ice-cream.

The List's rating
7.8

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Craig Angus visited Osteria Italiana on 20 March 2019
  • High point: Excellent value for money
  • Low point: A lack of vegetarian options
  • Notable dish: Mezze rigatoni cacio e pepe
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 35 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary and classic Italian
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle