A recent survey showed that British men have better chat-up lines than the French but the Italians are still best at talking the language of love.
Fortunately, 5pm can help tongue-tied blokes.
Today’s Big Deal with Esca in Glasgow’s Merchant City has all the right ingredients for a romantic Italian meal. The chat-up lines will have to remain your own responsibility.
Regional Italian Food
Now in its second decade, Esca, which is conveniently situated just across from the Tron Theatre, serves traditional, regional Italian food with a twist.
Atmospherically candlelit by night, the popular Italian bistro has a warm, comfortable interior and friendly staff.
Esca’s 5pm gourmet menu is extensive with a choice of five starters, seven main courses and three desserts.
Typical starters include the wok-cooked mussels in a spicy tomato and coriander sugo; mushrooms stuffed with cured ham, mozzarella with a garlic and coriander mayo or the freshly made risotto of the day.
Among the main courses are Beef Diane: a chargrilled ribeye steak in a mustard demi-glace with mushrooms; vegetable stroganoff; the fish of the day and Chicken Milanese: pan-fried escalopes served on a bed of spaghetti and with Napoli sauce.
For dessert, choose between tiramisu, profiteroles or a chocolate fudge cake.
The Big Deal includes a bottle of house wine and, to finish, a great Italian coffee or, if you prefer, tea.
Christmas gift idea
Vouchers for this deal are valid from the 3rd of January until the end of March which means they could make a very welcome Christmas gift for a lucky friend.
Esca has long been a big hit with 5pm customers. At the time of writing, there were over 1400 reviews of the bistro by people who had eaten there and they had awarded Esca a sturdy 4.3/5.