Reviewed by Debbie and Stuart Douglas
The Italian Bistro is a ten to fifteen walk along Great Western Road from the Hillhead underground station. We approached the restaurant with some trepidation as the outside sign had become a bit unreadable due to some over-hanging trees. However inside was welcoming and friendly and the smell was amazing.
Our waiter George could not have been friendlier and we were seated quickly. The restaurant décor is warm and spacious with a relaxed ambiance. On a sunny day there is a terrace where you could easily while away an afternoon or evening.
There were three menus to choose from and we could mix and match from each menu. There was the lunch-time menu, a la carte menu and the market menu. The lunch menu was very reasonably priced with all pizza and pasta dishes just £6.95.The market menu was priced at £12 for 2 courses and £16 for 3. The a la carte menu was individually priced.
George our waiter was very attentive without being too fawning and explained the soup of the day and explained about the different menus. The order is placed directly to the kitchen and bar on a tablet which I thought was a brilliant idea. This meant no mistakes and really improves the service time. For starters I chose the mozzarella and tomato salad with rocket, balsamic and basil and Stuart chose salad of spicy Italian sausage and black pudding with cinnamon (both £4 each from the market menu). Both the starters were delicious, good quality ingredients and generous portions. Stuart is still raving about this starter.
For the main course Stuart chose the pasta al funghi with penne pasta (£6.95 from the lunch menu). Again this was a really generous portion and really tasty. I went for the seared Oban landed scallops with crisp pancetta Stornoway black pudding with seasonal salad (£18.95) from the a la carte menu; even writing about this makes my mouth water, it was one of those meals you just never want to end.
We shared the Farmhouse cheese selection with house bread, crackers and truffle honey (£7.95) to finish the meal off. We enjoyed this but it was slightly disappointing as we didn’t know what the cheeses were and there was no chutney or relish. Probably us being picky though and to be honest I am not sure what could have followed the fabulous previous courses anyway.
We washed everything down with tap water which was beautifully presented in a carafe and offered without us asking together with a rather lovely Italian Chardonnay. We didn’t get offered to taste the wine which we don’t mind but others might.
We were child free for the day but there is a children’s menu for children aged 12 and under which looked really good and was reasonable priced at £5.95 for 3 courses. These are quite large portions and leftovers can be boxed up to take home. The menu also has colouring in and word searches which is always a good way to keep the kids at the table. We will definitely sample this the next time we are passing.
In conclusion the food was excellent, the service was excellent and we would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
For more information, to view menus or to make a booking visit www.italianbistroglasgow.co.uk or call 0141 339 5575.
The Italian Bistro. 1051 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XP | 0141 339 5575