Monday, 18 February 2008

osteria piero

Mel and I had tickets to see a Spanish movie, mataharis, which was showing at the GFT as part of the Glasgow film festival. True to form we decided to eat out first and Mel had spied a new Italian kid on the block on West Regent Street. We set off with our forks to hand. Joined on this outing with our friend Erick; an aspiring screen play writer and audio technician.

A very welcoming atmosphere awaits you when you walk in the bar area. We were quickly ushered to a table and promptly handed menus to mull over. We ordered a bottle of house wine from a well stocked wine list. Pretty much as soon as we sat down a plate of free tapas was brought to the table, with marinated anchovies, assorted olives and marinated peppers.

There is a rotating menu of specials. On the night we went there was pork filled tortellini in brodo, beef carpaccio, and trout. Our waiter also said they could prepare scallops and pasta or prawns and pasta. Also on the menu was 8 varieties of pizza --we didn't order but they looked appetising.

There was also something called l'orologia -- literally clock face -- platters of cured meats, cheeses or grilled vegetbales.

This is what we ordered:

  • scallops and pasta: perfectly grilled scallops with angel hair pasta, dressed with olive oil, garlic and parsley

  • l'orologia of cold cuts and cheese which comes with a free glass of prosecco: the star of the plate was Coppa

  • tusan pork sausages stew with potatoes: a very hearty stew perfect for a cold winter's night

  • prawns and pasta: this one came dressed with a light tomato sugo. the prawns were large and juicy

  • ensalate caprese

Mel ordered the caprese and she reckoned that it was the best she has had yet in glasgow. We tried it and agreed. It was really fresh mozzarella di bufala, which, we were informed by the very helpful owner/manager is flown in twice a week. It was served on green tomatoes.

The manager/owner also explained that the restaurant is trying to stay true to the ingredients and seasons. He made us feel very welcome and was intrigued by Mels New York accent. She gets quite a kick outa saying she is from Springburn when they ask her where she is from.

All and all we felt very comfortable in the restaurant; almost like being in your own dining room with a bunch of friends. After the mains we were all too full for dessert which was a compact menu of tirimisu, meringue with ice cream and strawberries, italian ice cream with fruit salad, or lemon sorbet. Instead Mel topped it off with a perfect cup of double espresso.

dinner for 3 with 2 bottles of wine + espresso: £81

OSTERIA PIERO / 111 West Regent Street, Glasgow / 0141 248 3471

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