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September 10, 2020

Some nine years after it became Barolo Grill, the much loved Italian restaurant is shortening its name to Barolo and aims to emerge with a snazzy new interior in a couple of weeks.

Barolo is part of The DRG portfolio which also includes brands such as Di Maggio's, Café Andaluz and Amarone as well as individual restaurants such as The Anchor Line, Atlantic and The Citizen.

The revamped Barolo promises 'modern day Northern Italian fare in a Piedmont inspired setting'.

Design features will include new branding with a palette of rich blue, rose and gold. Diners can also look forward to marble, brass and leather finishes while artwork on the walls will outline the Italian heritage of Piedmont.

Spread across the bar, main dining room, private dining and outdoor pavement terrace, the 150 cover capacity Barolo will be open for breakfast, lunch, cicchetti (Italian tapas) and dinner, seven days a week.

Sense of occasion

Tony Conetta, Director at the DRG, said:

'Time has come again for Barolo to be transformed. We wanted somewhere serving fresh pasta and classic Italian cookery but where understated Italian style gives a sense of occasion – whether you’re dropping in for breakfast, cocktails or a fresh pasta lunch.'

Highlights from the new look menu will include fresh buratta on sourdough with shaved black truffle and extra virgin olive oil. Alongside fresh pasta, the kitchen will be firing up the char grill for dishes like the sliced fillet of beef, pickled walnuts and horseradish cream.

Glasgow's first Italian?

The site at 92 Mitchell Street has been an Italian restaurant for over fifty years. It was L'Ariosto for forty years and some reckon that it was Glasgow's first Italian.

Right up until 2008, L'Ariosto operated dinner dances at the weekend and even carried out flambé cooking at the tables. In its heyday, L'Ariosto was quite the place to see and be seen. It was popular with people like Billy Connolly and assorted Old Firm footballers. It also saw many a marriage proposal.

 We're delighted to see it get a new lease of life and look forward to seeing the all new Barolo.