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April 13, 2018

Food news from Glasgow Food news from Glasgow: Crossing the Rubicon is ditching curry to concentrate on pizza. Pic: Facebook.

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First up, Crossing the Rubicon on Great Western Road appears to have, er, crossed the Rubicon and switched from specialising in curry to pizza.

They still do a wide range of craft beers but it appears to be 'Bye bye' to the bhoonas and 'Ciao bella' to an Italian and German menu with a Roman-era theme.

There are twenty different pre-set pizza to choose between or you can freestyle your own.

The names of the pizza run from Marcus Aurelius of Gladiator fame to the Ostrogoth and the Germanicus.

A more overt Germanic flavour comes across in the bar bites/sides section of the menu which features dishes such as pretzel with cheese and beer soup.

Anyone in mourning for the departure of the dhansaks can console themselves by ordering a curry sauce dip for their pizza crusts.

In its previous incarnation, Crossing the Rubicon celebrated the natural affinity between beer and curry.

We need no convincing that beer also goes well with pizza. Other prefer wine so CTR have added a shiny new wine list to their menu.

All we can say is 'Hail the ale!'

Food news from Glasgow: te Seba

What? You want more food news from Glasgow?

OK, not a million miles from Crossing the Rubicon, it looks as though something is stirring in the premises that used to house Turnip and Enjoy.

For ten years, the Great Western Road premises were home to the curiously named bistro which, in its later years, ran a series of inventive menus based on local, seasonal ingredients.

They closed after Hogmanay. However, according to the Turnip and Enjoy Facebook page, a new venture is coming soon.

Called te Seba (nope, us neither) it promises pasta and Prosecco.

Pasta and Prosecco? In Glasgow? Does anyone in Glasgow even like pasta? Or Prosecco?

Silly question. Glasgow loves pasta and Prosecco with passion that, at times, borders on scary.

Pastaval tickets on sale

Which is why demand for this year's Pastaval event looks likely to be strong.

Run by the people who do the Foodie Explorers blog, Pastaval is a mac 'n' cheese festival which is part of the Southside Fringe.

Taking place noon-6pm, on Saturday 5th May, Pastaval sees participants trying the mac 'n' cheese at four different Southside venues.

This year, the venues taking part are Hickory Steakhouse, Surf Dogs, The Bungo and The Butterfly and Pig on Pollokshaws Road.

Having sampled the wares, participants mark each venue and, once the votes have been tallied, the winner is announced at the Pastaval after party in The Butterfly and The Pig South.

Tickets are £10 a head and are available from today (Fri 15th April). Previous Pastavals have sold out quickly so, if you want a crack at the mac, get in early.

Keep checking back to the 5pm Dining blog for all the latest food news from Glasgow.