Jamie's Italian

Address: 1 George Square, Glasgow, G1 1HL, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 404 2690

- Mid-range

4.1

TV chef Jamie Oliver comes to Glasgow city centre with affordable Italian comfort food.

Is there anything Jamie Oliver can’t do? Fresh from wooing global audiences with his TV shows, cookbooks and campaigns to change the eating habits of school children, this restaurant has become a mainstay of the Glasgow dining scene after only opening in July 2010. Located in the city’s old General Post Office (GPO) building on George Square, the restaurant is in an incredibly convenient location for shoppers, partygoers and sight-seers. Even though I love his creative food, I really dislike his trademark catchphrase “pukka”.

Food and drink
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Service
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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Food and drink

Good old fashioned Italian dishes with Jamie’s trademark culinary touch are the hallmark of his first restaurant in Scotland. Prosciutto, pear and pecorino salad, breasola and rainbow beet salad, lovely buffalo ricotta ravioli, scallop and squid ink angel hair and wild truffle tagliatelle. There’s a great selection of vegetarian and rabbit dishes too.

Recommended dishes

As a ravenous meat eater (apologies to the vegans and vegetarians) I love tapas style meat platters, which have a selection of English wild boar salami, truffle salami and levonetto tondo, a small lightly spiced salami. As for the main courses, I’d point you in the direction of a rabbit ragu pappardelle or Jamie’s signature spaghetti Bolognese.

Ambience

Great views across the square and a walk in only policy mean that though you may have to wait for a table at peak times, its frenetic and buzzy as any proper Italian kitchen should be.

Service

Hard to tell as it’s so new but expect big things from the staff over the coming years.

Location

Overlooking George Square, its location makes it a magnet for tourists and locals alike.

Price advice

Starters from £3 to £6 and mains from £6 to £16. Desserts are around £4.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing

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