Paesano opened in Glasgow just a few months ago, after being recommended to go by several friends I stopped for a visit at lunch time last week.
The location is good, tucked in the blocks between Buchanan Street and Merchant City it’s convenient for shoppers and office workers, as well as those who are heading out specifically for dinner and drinks.
First impressions of the restaurant were great, the décor was welcoming and unfussy – perfect on a cold Glasgow day. Now the food. Spoiler alert – it’s great. Paesano does Napoli style pizzas and it does them exceptionally well. What really sets this place apart is the authentic wood fired ovens, which means pizzas are cooked in just minutes.
The menu is small with only around 7 pizzas, each with simple but tasty toppings. I ordered a spicy salami pizza and added mushrooms, whilst my boyfriend opted for parma ham number from the specials menu. As we were just in for lunch we didn’t bother with sides but there was a small selection of simple salads which looked tasty too. The restaurant was busy so we had to wait a little longer than normal to order, but not so much that it was an inconvenience. When it arrived the food was every bit as good as I had expected. The pizzas really were cooked to perfection – softer in the middle with thin, crisp crusts as promised!
We didn’t have deserts on this occasion, though after seeing someone with an affogato I was sorely tempted! My boyfriend did have a coffee after the meal which I’m assured was excellent too.
All in all a great addition to Glasgow’s restaurant scene. Paesano is great for a casual dinner or lunch with friends. It’s great food and exceptional value.