Via Italia (Glasgow) : Review

115 Union Street
Glasgow G1 3TA

V: 29th May 2017      T: 0141 222 2368 W: viaitaliauk.com

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


Well finally after promising Via Italia on Twitter I would visit, I finally did so here is what I thought.

I love all things Italian, and more so the food so I was looking forward to trying some street food and what it was like inside.

I decided on my first visit to only have 1 item and a drink just to get a feel for the place, and aim to pop in again in the future.

Inside has a very relaxed and modern Italian cafe look, along with the decor on the walls.

The Food :

Today I ordered :

Piada Stick (Pepperoni and cheese) £3.75

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This was basically like a flat bread pizza, and it was very nice. The dough was a little too doughy for me but overall it was nice and very filling.

If you plan on having this and a few other items be warned this is very filling, well it was for me and I am a big eater.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 3
Value for money : 5

Fruit Juice £2.60

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I thought lets try a different drink rather than my normal coffee with my lunch, and I opted for this not knowing how it would taste.

This was very pleasant and very refreshing.

Flavour : 5
Value for money : 5

 

Overall :

For a quick snack or lunch, or even a light dinner this place is worth a visit.

I saw a few other things I would like to try next time, so keep watching as I aim to be back soon.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 3.5
  • Staff : 4
  • Menu : 4.5
  • Service : 4.5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 4

Paesano Pizza (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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Paesano Pizza
471 Great Western Road
Glasgow
G12 8AB

V: 9th May 2017      T: 0141 370 0534     W: www.paesanopizza.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash, Card & ApplePay


I have passed this location a lot recently and seen them working on it, and now that’s it open it was time to try here. I have been Paesano previously in Glasgow Merchant City, and really liked it so now it was time to have pizza!!!

Paesano are now very well known for their amazing pizzas, and you can see that as there is always queues out the door.

On entering we were greeted with a very friendly member of staff, who showed us to a table.

The time we went in was about 21:30pm and it was packed, the buzz and atmosphere was really good I could see everyone was having a great time and loving the food.

What I liked about here was you could easily see the guys make the pizza’s, and the smells were amazing. Its also a very bright and modern feel, my only issue just like the other Paesano is the chairs are very hard. Granted I had just been running prior to this, but I didn’t find them comfy the first time and also tonight.

The Food :

The Pizza (#4) £7

This sounded exactly what I was in the mood for, something spicy and I also asked if I could get olives added (not sure what the extra cost for these are guessing maybe £1).

When it arrived my mouth started to water, this looked good, smelled good and I had to just dive right in.

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Well this was a treat for the eyes and the belly, this was amazing and I finished it all. For me this is as close to the quality and taste of the pizza’s in Italy, and I cant wait to go back for another I cant fault it in anyway.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for money : 5

I had to finish with some Ice cream, and the last time I had a nice ice cream with coffee dessert so I thought lets try it again.

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Affogato £4.00

Again this was very nice, and just what I needed after the spicy pizza. Just like the last time the coffee was cold, not sure if this cooled down fast after the ice cream was added or its just they way Paesano does it but that didn’t stop me finishing it.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Overall :

What can I say? I had an enjoyable night, very relaxing and another amazing pizza.

I would even say Paesano does the best Pizza in Glasgow!!!!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4.5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 4.5

Mozza (Glasgow) Launch Event

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39 Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 1JS

V: 29 June 2017      T:  0141 221 4508    W: www.mozza.it

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I had seen the place where Mozza was going to be brought to life, as I passed the location many times when walking about Glasgow so I added it to my list.

I had recently heard that it was open and heard several reviews, so when my inbox went ding for tonights invite I couldn’t refuse.

First Impressions :

The style inside as you can see from the above photos, is a very modern and minimalistic design. Its got a nice clean and very relaxing look and feel to it.

We had a DJ tonight who was playing tunes, and I have to say I wish I knew the playlist as some tunes were very good. The music was being played at a good level, not loud enough that I couldn’t hear my friend who was sitting opposite me so this was good.

I was seated next to the window so I had a good view of most of what was going on (I like to be nosy), plus I could look outside at the nightlife passing.

Once seated we were brought a glass of prosecco, and then some Garlic bread.

I love prosecco so this made tonight start off really good, and the garlic bread was very nice and a little salty which worked perfect as a nibble while we looked at the menu.

The Food :

On the table there was a menu, which at first looks very full on but once you take a good look and focus on the food parts (it also contains a lot of informational text) then you will be fine.

There were several different pizzas you could have, so I thought lets ask the waitress and find out what is the most popular one and go for that.

Our waitress tonight was very friendly and very helpful, and she told me it was the Number 5.

Number 5
Tomato sauce, spicy ‘nduja’, mozzarella, ventricina salami, ricotta cheese, black pepper, basil, olive oil.

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Before coming to Mozza I had heard a lot of people say the pizza’s were soggy, and I thought hmm not sure about this and I even heard on the night thats what they were like so I was 50/50 about this. I was told this is what the style of pizza is like, as its very thin base and uses oils which could explain the soggy comment.

On arrival it looked and smelled good, so it was time to see what it was like.

Yes I found the base to be soggy, but I don’t know if soggy is the right word to use. Its a very thin base so it could come over soggy its more very soft I would say, maybe not what some people are used to.

I love this, it was spicy bursting with flavour and the crusts were very nice. Don’t let what people are saying about the pizzas put you off, its just very thin and a different style of pizza to what you may be used to but trust me its very nice.

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Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

After the pizza we were all treated to a very special treat, the chef Antonio Starita who has flown to Glasgow just for tonight.

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Chef Antonio Starita is the owner of the famous restaurant Materdei in Naples, and his style of crusts are very famous. Chef Antonio Starita gave us all a nice talk to everyone tonight, so this was a very cool night and an honour to listen to him.

Next up I was recommended to try a light beer, as I am a light beer fan. The one that was recommended to me was :

Curmi Beer 75cl 5.8%
Spiced top-fermented ale made with spelt & barley malt. A refreshing medium-bodied beer.

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I have to admit this was a very nice and good recommendation, this was very light and had a very nice taste. If you are a fan of Peroni or another light beer, please do give this a try.

To finish off the evening Mozza then brought us out a glass of red wine “Rosamaro”

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This was a nice easy and light, and had a really nice fruity taste which was perfect for me. I am not normally a wine person more cocktails, but this I would and probably will have again.

Overall my first impression of Mozza was very good, the food and drinks and staff I couldn’t fault tonight. The design inside was very relaxing and very modern, which suited my style and it looked very nice.

Mozza is now in my top two pizza places in Glasgow, so I do highly recommend here and if you visit do let me know what you think.

Finally a big thank you to Mozza for my invite, I really enjoyed the evening and the food.