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July 22, 2014

Glasgow City Centre has numerous options if you’re an Italian food fan. Here are 10 Italian restaurants in Glasgow City Centre to try from 5pm Dining. View menus, reviews and more offers via the links.

Ristorante Piccolo Mondo

Head down Argyle Street and near the Radisson Blu you’ll find Ristorante Piccolo Mondo, a second generation family run Italian restaurant. The family brought the taste of Barga in the hills of Tuscany to Glasgow with the opening of the original restaurant in 1974. The second generation opened up the Argyle Street restaurant in 2005 and its traditional dishes with mordern touches have been very popular with 5pm diners since. 

Offer: £19.50 for 2 courses on variety menu + aperitif + an Italian liqueur – more info

La Lanterna

La Lanterna on Glasgow’s Hope Street receives glowing reviews from 5pm diners. We really don’t have to say much more, here’s a review from Margaret Mooney on 24 June 2014:

“Glasgow’s Italian Gem — I cannot fault La Lanterna at all. Went here with another 4 adults and a child for my son in laws 30th birthday as it’s his favourite Italian restaurant. The food was delish as usual, the service impeccable. The waiter and waitress are lovely people so welcoming and accommodating. The value for money is amazing. I love La Lanterna and will return.”

Offer –  £13.95 for 2 courses on pre-theatre menu – more info



Sticking to Hope Street, Pulcinella offers a slice of traditional Italy. Gingham table cloths, murals and Italian flags are served up with generous portions of Italian cuisine. Great value for money.

Offer – £12.50 for 3 courses on pre-theatre menu + glass of wine or beer – more info


Off the beat and track of the main city centre hub, Single-end is close to Glasgow School of Art in Garnethill. With a fun mix of industrial furniture, decorations made from old postcards and menus displayed on drop down tablet screens, this family run restaurant offers rustic Italian food. Whatever is fresh that day will be on the daily changing menus and authenticity is guaranteed.

Offer – £7.95 for 2 courses – more info

Il Pavone


Perfect if you’ve been enjoying a day’s shopping, either for lunch or dinner, Il Pavone is in the heart of Glasgow’s Princes Square. Located at the bottom of the shopping centre, children are welcomed and perfectly free to run around the bottom of the Square whilst you enjoy their popular dishes.

Of particular note is the Miale Porchetta, a pork joint rolled with apple and fresh mint, served over a red chard, walnut, orange and grape salad with a honey and mustard dressing.

Offer – £12.95 for 2 courses on set menu + glass of wine or beer more info

Fratelli Sarti – Wellington Street & Renfield Street

A popular and well established family run Glasgow Italian, you can choose between Sarti’s on Renfield Street or their restaurant on Wellington Street.

The Renfield Street restaurant is housed in a converted 1890s banking hall, the opulent touches still remain such as the Murano chandeliers. The Wellingston Street restaurant has a relaxed, traditional Italian deli feel. Both offer delicious Tuscan style cuisine with a large range of pizza and pasta.

Offer – £9.95 for 2 courses on menu del giorno – Renfield Street or Wellington Street

La Vita George Square

In prime location overlooking George Square, La Vita is a popular family friendly Italian set over several floors. Known for its friendly and effecient service and warm welcome La Vita is a great option if you’re enjoying a night in the city centre. The penne del Giorno is particularly popular, crumbled Italian sausage, pan fried with extra virgin olive oil, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts, with garlic and chilli, and dressed with parmesan shavings.

Offer – £13.95 for 3 courses on 5pm menu + glass of sangria or prosecco more info



Amarone is on Glasgow’s main shopping area, Buchanan Street, and this Italian restaurant has a stylish and classy interior with ingredients sourced from specialist Italian suppliers ensuring an authentic meal. Their Linguine ai Frutti di mare is definitely worth a try; mixed Scottish fish and shellfish with olive oil, garlic and parsley in tomato or bianco sauce. 

Offer – £13.95 for 2 courses on 5pm menu – more info



Offering fantastic value for money, Cafe Antipasti is well placed as a dining stop before enjoying the bars on Sauchiehall Street and Bath Street or the theatres nearby.

A cosy restaurant that’s pretty much been full everyday since it opened in 1997 you can expect a good selection of pizza and pasta, the goats cheese and mozzarella pizza with kalamata olives, sweet cherry tomatoes and pine nuts is particularly popular. 

Offer – £8.95 for 2 courses on seasonal menu – more info

Di Maggio’s Royal Exchange Square

This branch of the extremely popular Glasgow Italian group Di Maggio‘s has a fantastic location on Royal Exchange Square overlooking the Gallery of Modern Art. In the summer, you might be lucky enough to get a seat in their al fresco area plus you can admire the beautiful canopy of lights across the square throughout the year from Di Maggios.

Offering Italian dining with an American twist, you’ll find pizza and pasta alongside burgers, ribs and steaks. The restaurant is very family friendly.

Offer – £9.95 for 2 courses on 5pm set menu – more info