The Italian Bistro knows Italian food.
With a range of pastas —– 10 in total —– and nine specialist pizzas, while also providing an opportunity to make your own, diners are spoilt for choice.
My starter, a small sized portion of penne picante (also available as a substantial main) was delicious.
Perfectly spiced and cooked pasta with sausage and peppers — an ideal hearty starter or main after a long day at work on deadline day!
While tempted by the range of excellent thin-base pizzas (which I have sampled previously), I decided to broaden my horizons, and try one of the mains.
When combining the pizza, pasta and main course choices on the main menu and market menu, there are around 40 options.
This makes it difficult for the restaurant to specialise.
The pizzas and pastas are of a very high standard, and reasonably priced, but the menu falls by the wayside slightly when it comes to mains.
I opted for pan-fried calves liver with fondant potato and caramelised onions (£14.95).
To my palate, the calves liver was overcooked to the point of toughness, the potato was stodgy and the lime jus was a touch bitter and appeared not to have been reduced fully.
I found myself yearning wistfully for the delicious pizzas passing by my table throughout the meal.
The seared Oban-landed scallops with Stornaway black pudding and pancetta (£18.95), which I also sampled, were clearly tasty but costly, and given this combination is commonly served elsewhere by practically every restaurant in Glasgow, there is really no need for it here.
The Italian Bistro should stick to what it does best.
The Great Western Road eatery has huge potential as a specialist Italian restaurant, but it could do with refining its menu slightly if it has aspirations to join the upper echelon of Glasgow restaurants.
However, next time I have a hankering for pizza or pasta, I know where I’ll be going!
The Italian Bistro
1051 Great Western Rd
Tel: 0141 339 5575