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October 21, 2009

Glasgow’s Little Italy district just got bigger as veteran restaurateur Mario Romano opens Mediterraneo, his new restaurant, pizzeria and champagne bar on Ingram Street. With 130 covers in the main restaurant and additional seating in the champagne bar, it is a major operation.

Under the watchful eye of head chef Angelo Musio, the kitchen, said to be the largest stand alone, open kitchen in Scotland, packs a hi-tech pizza oven as well as serving up a wide selection of pasta, anti pasto, salads and main course meat dishes.

Seafood is prominent on the menu, especially in the champagne bar. Look out for seafood platters, plates of smoked fish, fried squid, scallop skewers and oysters. A champagne selection that include Moet, Krug, Cristal and Dom Perignon should put a smile on the face of anyone looking for signs that the recession might be lifting.

Mediterraneo means that Mr Romano has helped establish a whopping thirty-seven restaurant ventures during his long career.

With over forty-five years in Glasgow’s restaurant trade, Mr Romano has had plenty of time to get used to competition. Nearby 5pm members include the Italian restaurants: Arta, Esca, L’Ariosto, Lombardi’s, Piazza Italia, Qua Italia, Soho, Trattoria Gia and Tuscan Square.