Restaurant Review: Robertas

New York-styled restaurant serving authentic Italian fare opens its doors in Glasgow city centre

Taking up the spot where Saint Vincent Street meets Hope Street, Roberta’s is a bold and confident Italian restaurant setting up home on one of Glasgow’s busiest dining thoroughfares.

Making good use of its prime city centre real estate, the sprawling corner spot – a former Victorian bank building - has been painstakingly refitted over a period of months and transformed into a slick and stylish space that is unmistakably Italian.

The latest offering from the city’s C&C Restaurant Group (recently responsible for the reopening of Rojia in Finnieston, as well as Cranside Kitchen on the banks of the Clyde), this 100-cover restaurant looks set to be a firm favourite on the restaurant scene.

An open pizza kitchen takes centre stage, the large stone wood-fired oven offering an introduction to the chefs at work in the kitchen – many selected from some of the city’s biggest and most popular pizza restaurants. Chefs can be seen tossing dough for the restaurant’s trademark Neapolitan-style pizzas – think big bubbly blistered crusts.

Further into the main body of the restaurant is a long U-shaped bar lined with bistro-style stools designed to be a modern cocktail bar within the restaurant. It is easy to imagine after-work urbanites sampling their considered cocktail list. We can vouch for the excellent espresso martinis!.

There is a private dining area too, which can accommodate up to 18 people for more intimate dinner parties or work events.

The menu is a crowd-pleaser, with familiar pasta dishes and pizzas sharing the pages with more ambitious seafood offerings. Prices are reasonable given the stylish surroundings (pizzas beginning at £7, pasta dishes from £11). There are also nods to the New York-style of Italian cookery, with an extensive selection of steaks and grilled options.

The ingredients at play are high quality, sourced where possible from local suppliers or directly from Italy. Roberta’s is open from 12noon each day until late.

Roberta’s Italian Restaurant

140 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5LA

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