“ Address: 64 Ingram Street / Glasgow / G1 1EX / United Kingdom / Tel: 0141 572 1472 „
The Italian Kitchen is a traditional Italian restaurant located on Ingram St in the stylish Merchant City area of Glasgow.
As it is very close to my office, I have visited the Italian Kitchen on many occasions for both lunch and dinner and I have never had a bad experience.
The restaurant itself is not small and intimate like some Italian restaurants in the City but atmosphere is warm and inviting. The décor is modern and the tables are well spaced, clean and well presented. The staff are always welcoming and are also willing to give you advice on any recommendations they may have.
However more importantly, how is the food? Well they pride themselves on simple and fresh Italian cuisine and they don't disappoint.
The selection of antipasti is good, with the king prawns being my personal favourite, however the bruschetta, carpaccio and homemade minestrone soup are also very good. Prices range from £3.95 for the soup to £8.95 for langoustines so there are less and more expensive options.
Main courses primarily focus on pizza and pasta.
The pizzas are excellent. Thin and tasty without mounds of dough to chew through. I would recommend either the Crudola which has pancetta and mushrooms or the Pollo e Pomodoro which is topped with marinated chicken and sun blush tomoatoes, both priced at £10.95 and £9.95 respectively, which is about average for their pizzas.
There is also a wide variety of pasta dishes which are cooked very well. At £9.95 the Penne Con Pollo is a creamy tomato and chicken dish while the Tagliatelle Con Ragu Di Cervo is ideal if you are looking for something a little different. This is a venison ragu with mushrooms, tomato and garlic and is priced at £11.95.
There are a good selection of sides and salads, with the rosmary focaccia being a personal favourite of mine. However I would avoid the Insalata Caprese which consist of tomato and fresh mozzarella. While it is very crisp and tasty, it is a bit overpriced for what you get at £6.95.
A selection of meat dishes are also available with a fish of the day option. If you have room for dessert, all the usual suspects are there including Crème Brulee, Tiramisu and Pannacotta.
Overall, the Italian Kitchen is a great restaurant for a special lunch or dinner. A meal for two can set you back anything between £50 and £90 so it is not the cheapest of places to dine and I do think there are other Italian restaurants in the city that are slightly better value however I would still recommend a visit here and the food has always been of excellent quality.
The Italian Kitchen is the sister restaurant to the Italian caffe which I have recently reviewed here on Dooyoo. It is located round the corner from its sister restaurant in Ingram Street in the Merchant City area of Glasgow city centre. It offers a different and perhaps more traditional Italian experience from the Italian Caffe.
When the restaurant opened around four years ago the ambition was that customers would compare the Italian Kitchen to restaurants in Italy not Glasgow, they wanted to bring authentic good old fashioned Italian cooking to the city and reintroduce real Italian cooking. They claim to use all the freshest ingredients of the highest quality.
The restaurant is set on two levels and you are welcomed by friendly staff and a huge wood burning pizza oven as you walk in. The menu is comprehensive with an impressive variety of choices. There are several antipasti choices including homemade minestrone, bruschetta, king prawns on crostini, meatballs baked in a tomato sauce and served on grilled bread, langoustines grilled with garlic butter to name only a few. The rest of the menu is split into:
A great selection of pizzas which are always very tasty. They make them just the way I like them with a thin base and great fresh toppings, one of my favourites is roasted red peppers, wilted spinach, ricotta cheese, tomato sugo and mozzarella - yum yum.
Pasta & Rice
Again an amazing selection of pastas and risottos, some of my favourites include the penne all' arrabbiata which has a nice kick to it or the spaghetti con polpette which has homemade meatballs in a tomato sauce and my absolute favourite risotto which is amazing is a poached haddock risotto topped with a poached egg - delicious.
The meat dishes include everything from fillet steak to breadcrumbed veal or chicken stuffed with mozzarella wrapped in parma ham.
The fish and seafood dishes change daily dependant of what is in season and available.
The desserts are fabulous as well with everything from an amazing caramelized apple tart that is made fresh to crepes with limoncello and crème brulee. There is an extensive wine list with a good selection of wines and prices available to suit all pockets. The service is excellent very attentive and friendly without being too intrusive.
A meal for 2 with a bottle of wine and starter, main and dessert for each would probably come in about £60. This is a fabulous Italian restaurant that definitely compares well with the restaurants in Italy. I can definitely recommend the Italian Kitchen.
For further information on the restaurants and menus you can check them out at www.italian-kitchen.co.uk