“ Address: 121 Bath Street / Glasgow / G2 2SZ / Scotland / Tel: 0141 204 0440 „
For good tasty Italian food you can do no wrong to visit Sartis in Glasgow, with three family run style restaurants in the city centre you have plenty of choice. You are guaranteed authentic Tuscan and Ligurian specialties using the freshest ingredients many of which are regularly imported from the home country.
A Glasgow institution, the first Sartis restaurant was opened in Wellington Street in 1992 and instantly caused a stir in Glasgow restaurant fraternity. The Wellington Street restaurant is a deli style set up with an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work. The walls and shelves are heaving with quality Italian produce that you can buy and it has a real buzzy authentic Italian atmosphere.
The second Sartis opened up just round the corner from the original Wellington street eaterie and has a courtyard feel about it, you descend a few steps into a fabulous bustling restaurant which is packed every day and night. Again there is an open kitchen and wine cellar/room where you can request a table away from the buzz of the general restaurant.
The third Sartis opened up in one of Glasgow's beautiful old buildings in the heart of the city in Renfield Street, it was originally an 1870s banking hall and is probably the biggest of the 3 restaurants. Marble tables, wood paneling and Murano chandeliers grace the two rooms of this restaurant and gives it a slightly different but equally bustling atmosphere.
The three restaurants share the same A la Carte menu but each one offers different specials and seasonal variations as well as special menus.
The menus are fairly comprehensive and offer a great variety of tasty Italian fayre. The starters or antipasti has choices like king prawns with chilli, garlic and wine or oven baked mozzarella wrapped with wild boar or salad caprese or one of my favourites either as a starter or accompaniment to a main is the focaccia with rosemary, garlic, olive oil and rock salt - yum could just have a slice just now.
For mains you have a wide variety of fabulous pizzas which are thin crusted, you can also ask for extra toppings or add toppings to your favourite pizzas. The pasta menu is very comprehensive and my all time favourite is Penne alla Ricotta, you always get a good portion of pasta and quite often it is just too much for me. Another great option is that if there are two of you wishing to share a pizza and pasta they will split it up for you and your plate comes with half a pizza and a smaller bowl of pasta. Other pastas included their homemade lasagna which is my dad's all time fave in here or oven baked gnocchi or seafood risotto. The choice is literally endless and all very tasty.
They also offer a good selection of salads and meat dishes like pork escallops with a cream and Marsala sauce or Tuscan sausage slow cooked in a spiced tomato sauce with olives or a fish of the day dependant on the seasonality and availability.
I very rarely have a dessert when I visit as I am always too full although their Tiramisu is excellent, their dessert selection is not as extensive as the rest of their menu, maybe they are a victim of their own success and therefore do not need to serve too many desserts.
All the restaurants have an excellent selection of Italian wines and often have special offers on a variety. A meal for 2 (starter, mains & desserts - if you can manage them) with wine will probably set you back about £50 - £60. For good quality hearty Italian fayre Sartis is a great city centre option although you will have to book at night as all three restaurants are packed every night. Mamma mia!
For further information on sartis check out their website at www.sarti.co.uk