The great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus left a trail of spaghetti across the Atlantic in order to help him retrace his route from the New World to his hometown of Genoa.
Not only did this enable him to return safely from what we now call America but it also explains why spaghetti is the best selling pasta in the United States.
Help mark Columbus’ culinary legacy with today’s Big Deal at Torno Sorrento in Glasgow’s West End.
Long a popular spot for those keen to explore authentic Italian cooking, the Woodlands Road premises are a family-run concern.
Part of the local community, they like to use locally sourced produce to create their simple but delicious Italian dishes.
If you want to make like Columbus then set sail for Torna Sorrento’s starters. Included in the Big Deal are choices such as the salami crostini which are topped with mascarpone cheese and Napoli salami. Other choices include the homemade chicken liver pate; the Caprese salad and the arancini di riso, breaded risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella and served with a tomato sauce.
From the main courses, customers can plot a course for the pasta selection or freestyle their own pizza. Other options are the chicken Parma ham; veal cooked with sherry and the chicken Milanese; a breaded chicken breast served with our old friend spaghetti Napoli.
By the time diners finish off with coffees and tablet, they should feel as though they have arrived at the idyllic island of Ooh-Crikey! That-Was-A-Lovely-Meal.
Customers certainly seem to like it:
‘Best Italian restaurant in Glasgow – under-rated, a hidden gem.’ Glasgow Girl 1985 on TripAdvisor.
Taking a slightly more measured view, the current edition of The List Eating and Drinking Guide reckons that ‘the all-round flavour is authentic, top-notch Italian food served in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.’
If you want to map out the culinary delights of Italy then today’s Big Deal is:
£22 for two people to enjoy bread and olives, starters and main courses plus coffee and tablet at Torna Sorrento; up to a 50% saving on the standard £44