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

Glasgow Mela (West End) – Event

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Photo from http://www.glasgowmela.com

Date
Sunday 2nd July 2017

Location
Kelvingrove Park

Website : www.glasgowmela.com

Cost : FREE

This was my 4th Mela, and I enjoyed the last 3 so I was really looking forward to todays event. I have to admit the past 3 times I’ve been, 2 out of 3 its rained none stop so I was hoping for a nice day which we kinda got.

The weather today said dull cloudy with light rain, and this was accurate as we did get rain on and off but mostly off so that didn’t put a downer on the day. Todays Mela was the busiest I have seen, which was good for all the stalls and acts that were here today.

If you have never attended a Mela you have many stalls that sell clothes, jewellery, food, toys etc all mixed. Then you have a few stages where there are several types of acts performing, these can range in dancing, singing, both etc so there is definitely a lot to keep you entertained.

My last visit I tried something called a Jalebi, it’s a traditional Indian sweet mostly eaten on its own or in warm milk and is an important part of festivals and celebrations. If you have a sweet tooth this is for you, if not then avoid but do be warned its very addictive well it was for me.

The event starts at 12 and finished around 7pm so it’s a good long day, so if you want to see the acts you have to get there early to catch all the performances.

I won’t go into full details about every act, I am going to mention the ones that stood out for me or you would be reading for hours and hours…..so will keep it short for you.

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Abhinaya Dance Group

These girls were very good, they performed several times to different style of music and dances. Each move was perfectly times, and a smooth transition between songs and dances.

The colours were visually stunning, and the dances were perfect.

Kennedy Cupcakes

Twitter : @kennedycupcakes
Website : www.kennedycupcakes.com

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This groups is a 1940’s/50’s inspired dance group, all the dances are performed to popular songs from the 1940’s/50’s and they were similar outfits.

This was very cool to see and fun to watch.

Roshan Prince

Twitter : @roshanprince

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Roshan Prince is a Punjabi singer, producer, musician, songwriter and actor.

For me Roshan Prince was someone I didn’t know, films or music (had a look when I got home) so I didn’t know what to expect. When he was introduced the audience went wild, and even more so when he was singing and not just from the girls.

He was very energetic and what I liked was he interacted with the crowd a lot, so it was a very fun performance to watch.

Overall : 

This years Mela was really good, and I was very pleased to see such a large turn out and even more so the rain didn’t last long.

Just like the previous years, I was introduced to more performers, dancers, singers etc which is always good.

Please do visit this next year, as you will see when you get there you will have lots to do and see.

See you next year Mela!