Combining 'Italian style with a strong dose of modern
Glasgow attitude', Roberta's opened on St
Vincent Street last week and promises to be both 'authentic and gallus'.
The site was previously home to Iberica restaurant but recent events scuppered that. Readers with long memories may recall that the site has also housed the Ha Ha Bar and Canteen, Anatolia Chargrill plus an early iteration of Arisaig.
Originally from Naples, pizzaiolo brothers Ciro and Massimo Potenza will be manning the smoking hot, wood-fired oven. The intense heat is what gives the thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza their characteristic charred crust.
While pizza will be a big draw at Roberta's, they are not the only attraction.
Seafood at Roberta's
As well as a selection of different bruschetta, the starters include numerous seafood options such as calamari, monkfish carpaccio, grilled octopus and Loch Fyne oysters. Other options include creamy burrata with cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and rocket; deep-fried courgettes and grilled artichokes.
In addition to pasta dishes, the menu has main courses such as roasted, organic baby chicken with pesto; the whole roasted fish of the day and Kirkcudbright scallops served with avocado and a fish bisque. A selection of steak dishes will put a smile on the faces of those with more carnivorous leanings.
Roberta's is also keen to portray itself as something of a party hot spot and aims to be 'Glasgow's newest pizza-spinning, cocktail-slinging, tune-dropping and spoon-licking venue'. The long bar in the premises certainly lends itself to enjoying a couple of aperitivos before exploring the pizza, pasta and seafood. As well as the main dining area, Roberta's has private dining facilities and generous window booths with seating for up to eight.
Glasgow's newest playground
Toni Carbajosa, Director at C&C Restaurant Group, said:
'Roberta's is Glasgow's newest playground. An extensive cocktail menu, wood-fired pizzas, energizing pasta dishes and sharing platters, the freshest seafood and shellfish, and a special aperitivo bar will be available. Our restaurant will be upbeat and vibrant and will offer a new style of Italian dining in the city.'