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Italian Kitchen - They know their pasta!
Italian Kitchen (Glasgow)
Member Name: Supermaz
Italian Kitchen (Glasgow)
Advantages: Very tasty food
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.
Summary: Lovely restaurant and good fresh food