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Smart Leisure Guide Review http://www.osolemio-glasgow.com/smart-leisure-guide-review/ http://www.osolemio-glasgow.com/smart-leisure-guide-review/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:30:34 +0000 http://localhost/osm/?p=37 http://smartleisureguide.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/experience-authentic-pizzas-classic-italian-cuisine-and-a-sunny-welcome-at-o-sole-mio-glasgow/

As a professional restaurant critic,  I am always looking out for the best places to eat and drink, for work and pleasure. Last week I was delighted to find this charming Ristorante – seriously fine food matched by a warm atmosphere – on my way to Glasgow Theatre Royal.

Well the name does mean My Sunshine, from the famous Neapolitan song written in 1898.

O Sole Mio in a prime location on Bath Street has been a favourite with diners since it opened in 1965. After a change of management in recent years, the new proprietor, Djamel Benouari, formerly at The Art House Hotel and Barca, brings his wide experience in hospitality to ensure hands-on management and attentive service.

The design is all about space and comfort, dark wood tables, large booths, Claret red walls and furnishings with a quirky decorative pantile roof. In the Theatre Kitchen see the chefs at work including the Pizzaiolo, the man who kneads the dough and bakes the Pizzas.

And the Pizzas are cooked in an original Wood Fired Oven which came to Glasgow from Naples, the home of Pizza, in 1965. You can’t get more authentic than this (unless you travel to Italy!).

Just a five minute walk from Queen Street Station, it’s the ideal place, as I found,  for a pre theatre supper before going to see Scottish Ballet just around the corner. Call in for a business or shopper’s lunch, (an extremely reasonable £6.50 – £9.95);  or book a table for a leisurely night out with friends.

This is no ordinary Trattoria. The A la Carte menu offers a feast of classic Italian cuisine – Calamari, Carpaccio of beef, (invented at Harry’s Bar, Venice), Vittello alla Milanese, Risotto di Mare, Tuscan Sausage, Lemon Sole, Fritto Misto.   Family favourites – Minestrone soup,  Bruschetta, Spaghetti alla Bolognese… and a lot more besides.

Plus the Daily Specials which last Thursday were Fish Soup, Veal Stew and for the Catch of the Day, Grilled Cod with potatoes, tomatoes and capers. What is excellent value is that these dishes are also offered on the Pre-theatre menu (2 courses, £12.95).

As there is a traditional wood-fired oven, I was tempted by a real Pizza. Pizza Pescatore.

As an appetiser I sampled Arancini con Mozzarella e Basilico; the Saffron yellow creamy rice ball was served with a delicious sweet & sour chilli jam. Very tasty.

I sipped a glass of House Wine, Pinto Grigio, crisp and dry and cold. And then my giant Pizza arrived, smothered in a rich tomato sauce and a pile of shellfish: mussels, clams, squid, and big fat prawns. (A finger bowl of warm water was provided).

This was a perfect Pizza, thin base, thick but soft crust and the flavours of the seafood turned a simple dish into a gourmet treat. I did actually eat a few slices by hand!

I am not the only one who love the very special pizzas here.  A recent Trip Advisor diner wrote, “Simply the best pizza we’ve had, by a margin”.

Over supper, I loved the background music soundtrack – chillout, funky jazz, popular classics – to create the right mood day to night. Whenever you may plan to visit, you are sure to be greeted by Mr Benouari and his smiling staff and enjoy a superlative Italian meal. I shall be back  soon.!

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Tam Cowan – Daily Record http://www.osolemio-glasgow.com/tam-cowan-daily-record/ http://www.osolemio-glasgow.com/tam-cowan-daily-record/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:29:18 +0000 http://localhost/osm/?p=35 BELATED birthday wishes to a dear friend.

Yes, folks, the public smoking ban was five years old on March 26 and, even if the Scottish Parliament achieves hee-haw for the next 500 years, Holyrood will be fondly remembered for this fine piece of legislation.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary, might I suggest we re-introduce Smoking and No Smoking areas in every restaurant?

No, no, hang on, I haven’t lost my marbles within the space of a few paragraphs. Let me explain…

When punters walk in for a bite to eat, I reckon they should be asked: “Do you smoke?”

If they nod (well, it’s difficult to speak while coughing up half a lung), we sit them in the Smoking section.

And if they laugh (blasting the server’s face with a lovely minty freshness), we direct them to the No Smoking section.

Why? Well, let’s be honest, while a fug-free atmosphere inside restaurants is terrific – we should have done it decades ago – there’s nothing worse than being sat right next to a 40-a-day serial puffer who seems to pop outside for a fag between every mouthful.

This happened to me twice in the past week and the disgusting reek of second-hand smoke (not to mention the constant stench from their Dot Cotton clothes) as I tried to eat my meal was really off-putting.

So hands up if you’d like to bring back the Smoking and No Smoking areas? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I once refused to review this week’s restaurant due to the industrial-style smog. It was way back in 2001 and the look I got at the front desk when I asked if they had a No Smoking section suggested I had actually said: “Your kids are ugly and I hope your granny gets run over by a double decker bus.”

Changed days now, of course. In fact, the entire restaurant is different.

Something of a Glasgow institution, O Sole Mio was established in 1965 (when I was just a twinkle in the rent man’s eye) but I was drawn to the sign in the window while walking down Bath Street: New Management, New Menu, New Look.

Not everything has changed, thankfully – they still have the woodburning pizza oven (Scotland’s first, incidentally) – but, apart from that, I barely recognised the place.

The decor was immaculate and how I enjoyed breathing in that wonderful fresh air. With no Regal King Size to mask the smell, my nostrils were tantalised by the amazing aromas wafting from the aforementioned pizza oven. I quickly ordered a focaccia and it was sensational. Piping hot and deliciously salty, it then took on a whole new, wonderful flavour as it gradually cooled down and became ultra-crispy.

I then enjoyed a starter portion of spaghetti bolognese. The meat sauce was perfect – it looked as if a wee pot of mince had been emptied over the top – and the pasta was expertly cooked.

No starter for Liz but, after savouring just one wee sliver of my focaccia, she ordered a margharita pizza (with a few chillies for extra bite) and, again, the wood-burning oven did the business.

This was perfect pizza – light, crispy and slightly well-fired – and on a par, in Glasgow terms, with four personal favourites: The Italian Kitchen, Lamora, Bella Napoli and Soho.

My main course? A lovely bit of veal in crunchy breadcrumbs. It’s usually served with spaghetti but, having already enjoyed a pasta starter, I opted for chips.

This resulted in a nice wee touch from the chef who, realising my plate would seem a bit dry, added a generous splash of homemade tomato and chilli sauce.

Liz finished with a bowl of Italian vanilla ice-cream and I gave a classic – pannacotta – one last chance.

I’ve never been overly impressed with this wobbly vanilla pudding but O Sole Mio’s was creamy and nicely textured with some bashed amaretto biscuits.

Overall, a fab meal and it was nice to finally make it through the doors.

I think I’ll book a table for the smoking ban’s 10th birthday…


Address: Bath Street, Glasgow; Telephone: 0141 331 1397 Open: all day seven days; Wheelchair access: No; Bill for two (with wine): £65

Food: 5/5 – excellent, don’t miss the pizza; Service: 5/5 – warm welcome, very smiley; Decor: 5/5 – smart, spotless interior; Toilets: 4/5 – small but (just about) perfectly formed; Value: 4/5 – good, city-centre prices

Total: 23/25

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TripAdvisor Reviews http://www.osolemio-glasgow.com/tripadvisor-reviews/ http://www.osolemio-glasgow.com/tripadvisor-reviews/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:28:16 +0000 http://localhost/osm/?p=33 “Great food and friendly service!!!”

Reviewed 16 February 2013
It was a very pleasant evening with wonderful food and friendly service in a restaurant with great ambience!!! The staff were very accomodating and nothing was too much trouble!! Thank you!!!


Reviewed 4 March 2013
O Sole Mio had such good food, we went there twice! Staff was very friendly and competent. Chef/owner DJamel was very personable and attentive. This is right next to 38 Bath Street Apartments, where we stayed, so was also convenient.

“excellent italian food in glasgow”

Reviewed 13 February 2013
Last week I was in Glasgow for business. The owner of the place was a very warm men and the service was excellent .The food was a real Italian and tasty food . I really recommend on this excellent restaurant.

Nimrod -Israel

“Fantastic Food & Fantastic Service”

Reviewed 21 January 2013

stumbled across this restaurant recently with my husband and have now experienced this delightful restaurant twice. On both occasion the efficiency of the staff and the wait for our food was second to none. The food was delicious. As for the comment about the chicken liver pate being from Morrisons , I would love to know which Morrisons sold pate like that as it was absolulety beautiful. Some people are never happy, will be back this Saturday.

Evelyn & Dougie Glasgow.

“Real Italian food in Scotland”

Reviewed 27 January 2013
Recently found this restaurant just around the corner from the cinema. The owner welcomed us with open arms (very Italian!) and gave us a table even though we just walked in without any booking. I was immediately impressed that he did not want to give us the table next to the door as some of the other restaurants try to do. We soon had our order taken and until our food was ready we could watch the guy making pizza in the open kitchen. The staff was smiley, friendly and efficient. Soon had our food – a pizza and veal – and we both enjoyed everything. On leaving, the owner shook our hands and thanked us for being their guests, again very Italian. Really very warm service, we will be back. Thank you!

“We stumbled upon a bijou treat”

Reviewed 11 December 2012
Just mooching around Sauchiehall Street and environs we stumbled on what purports to be the oldest Italian Restaurant in Glasgow. Remarkably full for a wet Sunday we enjoyed fresh fish and Veal that wonderful but seemingly hard to get underated meat. Absolutely delicious, good service, good wines.

“Yummy two course express lunch”

Reviewed 1 October 2012
Nice atmosphere, quick service and tasty food at a great price.
My co-worker had mussells which there were plenty of, we both had pizzas which we almost couldn’t finish because we were so full. Would eat here again


5pm Reviews

“Excellent value, great service, great atmosphere, food was fantastic!”

“Recently dined at O Sole Mio, the food was delicious, the wine was great and the service was excellent! Great value for money, will definaltey be back,highly recommended!”

“Easily one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Glasgow. Especially with the wood fired oven; the pizzas are great. Good value on the 5pm menu and friendly serviced as well. We will be back.”

“Good restaurant which is conveniently located near the city centre. Would recommend the mussel starter and lasagne.”

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