Scott Mullen - Business7
DEEP in the bowels of Glasgow’s bustling streets there is a secret that is almost invisible to the naked eye. Hidden discreetly beneath the city centres Nelson Mandela Place is a real hidden gem Apart from specials board out in the street, there is little to give away that there is anything of note beneath your feet.
Walking down the staircase there is a vibrant atmosphere with an open kitchen next to the bar. After a short wait we were taken through the busy restaurant and seated. It is clear that tables haven’t been crammed in anywhere, allowing diners a bit of privacy while tucking into their authentic Italian dishes. To start we ordered the Mozzarella Fritta and the Parma ham.
The presentation isn’t flashy or overly flamboyant, but don't let that make you think that no effort has gone into the dish.
The mozzarella arrived deep fried in small balls with a fresh tomato and basil sauce, while the parma ham was complimented perfectly with figs and sweet honey After we had polished off the starters and the tasty focacce bread it was almost time for the main course to arrive.
We ordered Ziti al Forno, a pasta bake served with tomato sugo, beef and pork meatballs topped with mozzarella, and Pollo con Porclni, a roasted chicken breast topped with a creamy mustard sauce.
The ziti al forno was cooked well, with a deceptively large portion while the fresh cherry tomatoes added a nice touch.
The portion with the chicken was again ample, with sauteed rosemary potatoes topping things off.
If you are in any lit state for a dessert, I would recommend trying the cheesecake. It was one of the best I have ever had ln Glasgow Thick, creamy and with a crurmbly base.
It is hard to find any criticism for Amarone. The atmosphere really brings the place to life, with the odd rumbling of a train beneath your feet as well as the ankles walking past the ceiling-high stained-glass windows above, makes you feel that you are hiding in a secret haven.
This secret should definitely be shared.