Di Maggio's West End
61 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, No fuss, People watching
Best for Families - Expert review of Di Maggio's West End
This is undoubtedly the best restaurant for families in the city – I have friends that won’t take their children anywhere else. Unashamedly family friendly throughout the day and early evening – its colour coded kids menu, bespoke play area and activity placemats are a godsend – Di Maggio’s is a bit like a voluptuous maternal Italian grandmother: it offers a welcoming chubby arm, serves up authentic family cooked recipes from her Sicilian past and gives sanctuary to stressed out Kelvinsiders and new mums and dads when they need a break from wee Paolo and Sophia. And cooking sauces just like “Mamma used to make it!” she doesn’t mess about in the kitchen either.
Named after famous Italian-American baseball player Joe DiMaggio, the menu comes straight out of Glasgow but has New York and Naples at its heart. Sliced New York pepperoni and homemade Italian sausage pizzas squeeze in for elbow room alongside seared Scottish sea bass fillet and more spaghettis, carbonaras, fusillis rigatonis, penne pastas and risottos than even the extended DiMaggio clan would know what to do with.
The five cheese and tomato, the Mediterranean – mixed roast peppers, chargrilled aubergine and courgette – and the roast chicken and bacon pizzas are the clear winners. Its £5.95 Kid’s Menu and Menu for the Under 5s is also a real treat for cash-strapped parents.
Di Maggio’s is a hive of activity. You might have to wait for a table at the weekend though.
Child friendly and hands on, the staff know a thing or two about entertaining groups of kids as much as they do late night revellers.
The restaurant is smack in the middle of the bustling West End.
Pizzas from about £7.65, pastas from £7.95 and burgers and grills from £8.25.
DiMaggios original restaurant at 21 Royal Exchange Square (Glasgow, G1 3AJ) has a great outdoor terrace beside the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and has long been one of the city's best Italian restaurants. Another branch in the heart of the city's 'theatreland' (163 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 3RL) lacks the ambience of its sister restaurants but is a good choice for a cheap, quick pizza or pasta dish.
More information on Di Maggio's West End:
- Price guide:
- Diner, Pizzeria, Restaurant
- American, Ice cream, Italian, Pizza
- 61 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
- 0141 3348560
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Sun–Thu noon–10.30pm. Fri-Sat noon–11.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: