Glasgow and Edinburgh have long enjoyed a friendly rivalry with the two cities agreeing to disagree on such important points as the desirability of using salt and sauce on chips.
For all their differences, one thing that both cities agree on is that they each love their Amarone restaurants.
Today’s Big Deal is valid at either the well established Amarone on Glasgow’s Nelson Mandela Place or the more recently opened Amarone on Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square.
Three course Italian
Both restaurants are rather sleek, city centre ventures with interiors that are as smart as their menus.
As well as including a lovely bottle of Pinot Grigio or Barbera to share, today’s cracking Big Deal is for three courses from the wide ranging Big Deal menu.
There are five starters; nine main courses and three delicious desserts to choose from.
Among the choices are starters such as the tiger prawns sautéed with garlic, cherry tomatoes and fresh chilli.
Main course choices include the 10oz Scottish sirloin served with an Amarone wine sauce, thick cut chips and vegetables as well as the supreme of chicken roasted with porcini mushrooms in a whole grain mustard sauce with sautéed potatoes.
The desserts include panna cotta on top of a velvety, Amaretto-infused caramel and, naturally, tiramisu.
Finish your meal in true Italian style with fantastic coffee and cantucci biscuits.
At the time of writing, the Amarone in Glasgow has received over 1300 ratings giving it a combined score of 4.3/5. Edinburgh’s branch is newer and has had fewer reviews but it also scores a very satisfying 4.3/5.
Writing of the Edinburgh Amarone, Robert McBride was very pleased with his experience. This is what he had to say:
‘I would without hesitation recommend this restaurant. The food was excellent as was the service. The meal was definitely value for money.’ Rating 5/5
With the exception of Valentine’s Day, vouchers for this Big Deal are valid, Sunday to Friday, at either branch of Amarone from the 4th of January until the end of March 2012. Many people would be chuffed to find a voucher among their Christmas pressies. Or just keep ‘em to yourself and enjoy a treat in 2012.