With its 2500 hours of sun a year, the Eternal City of Rome may not appear to have much in common with Glasgow.
However, dig a little deeper and there are important parallels.
For instance, Rome has the Coliseum where many gladiators met an unhappy fate.
Glasgow has Hampden where the Scottish football team has often come to a similarly sticky end.
More happily, both share a deep-rooted love of la cucina Italiana.
Eat like a Roman with today’s Big Deal on a meal for two from Roma in Glasgow city centre.
Situated on Bath Street, close to the Buchanan Galleries, Roma is a popular and well established restaurant offering an appealing blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
The traditional decor, wooden tables and spacious booths add to Roma’s warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Two courses for two
Available from noon to 9pm, Sunday to Thursday, this Big Deal is for two people to have two courses from the 5pm Big Deal menu.
There are lots of starters and main courses to choose from. We predict a lot of orders for both the Italian meatballs topped with mozzarella in a Napoli sauce and the oven-roasted chicken wings tossed with sweet sticky sauce and jalapeno peppers.
Seafood lovers may prefers the king prawns in chilli, lemon juice and spring onions or the steamed mussels in either a traditional Italian tomato herb sauce or a creamy white wine sauce with chilli.
The main courses include the pizza Italiana – crumbled Italian sausage, pepperoni and black pudding on a thin base with mozzarella cheese.
Alternatively, order up the pan-fried fillet of sea bass in putanesca sauce. Served with chunks of chicken, courgettes, spinach, garlic, Parmesan cheese and cream, the risotto is also a winner.
Pasta options include chicken sautéed with bacon in a creamy white wine sauce and spaghetti pasta or the house penne with chicken, broccoli, mushroom, garlic, cream and just a hint of chilli.
Roma on Bath Street has plenty of happy fans on their 5pm Dining page:
‘Another excellent meal. We had a delicious meal, we were made very welcome and service was excellent.’ Rating 5/5
‘Return visit. This is one of our favourites, great food and the deals on 5pm are brilliant.’
City centre dining
Roma is a short walk from many city centre attractions.
Whether you are shopping at Buchanan Galleries; listening to a concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall or catching a film at Cineworld, Roma is a five minute walk.
You could use this Big Deal for a shopping-trip stop or pre-show meal.
Of course, there is nothing to stop you buying a couple of offers and enjoying a night out with friends or family.
And with Queen Street and Central stations nearby, getting home is easy.