Photo of
July 1, 2019

Say Ciao! to the latest Italian ristorante aiming to win a place in the hearts of Glasgow's West Enders.

Sitting above the former Fopp, Santa Lucia wants to take its customers 'on a gastronomic journey to the Amalfi coast and right into the heart of Neapolitan cuisine and culture'.

It is not the first venture which has tried to take its guests from Byres Road to more exotic culinary climes.

If memory serves, Sorrento and Café Russo both offered a taste of Italy from the premises at 360 Byres Road and, if we go way back, La Vallée Blanche went a little off piste to serve an alpine take on French food.

Santa Lucia hopes to attract customers with 'the freshest seasonal cuisine that southern Italy has to offer'.

From the à la carte menu, this translates as starters such as the char grilled vegetables with smoked cheese - finished with extra virgin olive oil and herbs - or the beef carpaccio, thinly sliced beef fillet dressed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, rocket salad and Parmesan shavings.

King scallops

If you fancied something from the sea then you might start proceedings with pan-seared king scallops, Stornoway black pudding and a buttery roe scallop sauce.

Santa Lucia offers well loved pasta options such as spaghetti carbonara, lasagne and penne with pesto. More complex pasta options include the paccheri ai frutti di mare - a Neapolitan pasta made with fresh, locally sourced squid, king prawns, king scallops and mussels in a lightly spiced shellfish sauce.

Alternatively, there are plenty of pizza, risotto and gnocchi options.

Venison fillet

Among the main courses, we liked the sound of the tagliata di cervo - thinly sliced venison fillet, with wild porcini mushrooms and a sausage ragout which is served with slices of grilled polenta.

Although we are sure we could find space for the pan-fried tuna steak with black olives from Gaeta, capers and pachino cherry tomatoes in a sauce made with white wine and just a hint of Napoli sauce.

As well as an à la carte menu, Santa Lucia has a set lunch menu starting at £10.90 and a set evening menu at £15.90 for two courses.

The main pic, taken from Santa Lucia's Facebook, shows the restaurant's airy interior. 

We wish Santa Lucia every success.

Ravioli filled with king prawns and scallops, served in a rich shellfish sauce.

Ravioli filled with king prawns and scallops, served in a rich shellfish sauce. Pic: Facebook.