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February 4, 2019

It is all go in Glasgow at the moment.

Deep in the Southside, 800 Degrees pizzeria has opened on Station Road in Giffnock.

'Authentic Neapolitan' pizza are the name of the game here. So, if you fancy a pizza topped with spicy nduja, shredded chicken breast or just good old fior di latte, basil and extra virgin olive oil then you know where to go.

Back in the centre of town, in the Merchant City to be exact, The Dam opened its doors this weekend.

Part of the Brunswick Hotel on Brunswick Street, the subterranean bar promises stiff drinks, late nights and basement gigs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served. We will bring you all the news and info just as soon as we get the chance to pop our heads around the door.

Pasta added to Roman's menu

Staying in the Merchant City, we note that Roman's pizzeria on Candleriggs has just added pasta to its menu.

'Italian classics with a modern spin' is the ethos of the menu so look out for choices such as the vegan carbonara and pulled pork rigatoni.

Of course, Roman's continues to serve their inventive take on pizza. Bolognese pizza, anyone?

You can book in via 5pm. The main pic above is from Roman's Facebook page.

Weekend restaurant reviews

It was a mixed bag of restaurant reviews in this weekend's papers. Writing in The Scotsman, Gaby Soutar enjoyed a meal at The Newport, the Fife restaurant which is operated by MasterChef winner Jamie Scott.

The tiramisu style dessert was singled out for praise as was the view across the Tay.

In the Sunday Herald, Joanna Blythman gave El Cartel on Edinburgh's Teviot Place a decent score but felt it wasn't as good as the original Mexican on Thistle Street.

The critic felt that she was not 'getting the same buzz as before, that subtlety of flavour'.

In Saturday's Herald Ron Mackenna dealt out a stiff kicking to Glasgow's recently opened Denny's in Renfrew.

'Expensive and mediocre' was his verdict.

Meanwhile, in The Scottish Sun, Tam Cowan had a great meal at Qua, an Italian meal in the Merchant City.

The 'buzzy atmosphere', 'excellent ragu' and 'delicious' veal all ticked the right boxes for Tam.

And if you fancy test driving Qua yourself, you can book in via 5pm and bag a 20% discount on the a la carte menu.