About La Vita Spuntini - City Centre
We went on Friday, payday weekend, at 12, not too busy, but within 30 minutes the restaurant was full. Despite being busy, the service was excellent and the food delivered promptly. Excellent choice from the three little plates, which were ideal, if in fact not so little. Followed by dessert and we added coffee, which came with sparkling water and a piece of tablet. A glass of Prosecco was included in the deal and nothing could be faulted. Would highly recommend this place and cannot wait to go back.
Italian tapas in the city centre
Move over dim sum and tapas, Spuntini is the hearty Italian version of small plate dining. And following the success of its West End venue, La Viva Spuntini has opened a second branch on Gordon Street. The restaurant aims to conjure up the atmosphere of a cosy Italian family meal where dishes are placed at the centre of the table for everyone to share. All food is crafted with passion, love and attention to detail, with candlelight and friendly staff adding to the atmosphere. The menu is massive and includes sharing portions of fresh pasta, mini pizzas, seafood, meat and salads, complemented by an extensive selection of fine wines.
Classic and creative Italian small plates
Tapas at La Vita Spuntini is split into various categories, most of which will be familiar from typical Italian restaurants (although in this case, dishes are there to be shared).
Highlights from the vegetable & salad section include the burrata hand-tied mozzarella and the deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese.
Pizzas are served in 5 or 12-inch portions and cooked in a wood-fired oven. Choices include the pizza bolognese with mozzarella & green chillies, the New York with Italian meatballs & spicy sausage and the locally influenced Scozzese with Stornoway black pudding & pepperoni.
Sharing pastas include the lobster ravioli with Napoli cream sauce & chilli, the pollo carbonara with rich cream sauce & bacon and veggie choices like the fusilli rosso with red pesto & mascarpone.
Over in the seafood section, you can take your pick from dishes such as the deep-fried calamari, the king prawns in chilli, garlic & lemon juice and the fresh West Coast mussels in a choice of sauce.
A novel highlight is the selection of Italian oven-baked egg dishes served in a frying pan with crusty garlic bread. The eggs in Italian meatballs & borlotti beans sounds particularly decadent.
Don’t fancy sharing? No one will judge — you can also order a main course just for yourself. All mains are cooked in a flame charcoal oven for barbecue flavour, such as the grilled Scottish sea bass and the supreme of chicken breast.
Gordon Street transport links and attractions
La Vita Sputini could not be more centrally located — it is right next door to Glasgow Central station and just five minutes from Queen Street station. After dining here, you will be handy for Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Theatre Royal and Cineworld Cinema, as well as all the main shops. Both stations have taxi ranks and St. Enoch underground is just a stroll away. You can find pay parking nearby on Mitchell Street.