The champion of champions. A legend in its own lunchtime. The pizza pie to die for. Paesano has been showered with praise ever since they opened on Miller Street. In doing so they have helped bring a bit of life back to this stretch between Ingram Street and Argyle Street. Neighbours now include Piece, The Spanish Butcher, The Spiratualist and Gin 71 on Viginia Court, with more Ox & Finch set to follow. It seems to be Miller time.
So what’s with all the lunchtime queues and clamor for seats on the broad benches in their hip city centre pizza joint? Well, Glasgow is sort of waking up to pizza that’s not round stodge, craved as a hangover meal. Nothing against a deep fried version, but the Italians in Naples got it right first time round.
Plus, the restaurant has nailed the cool, casual dining aesthetic, it’s an attractive place to hangout and share food with pals or family. Then the pizza itself. They’ve a formidable wood-fired pizza ovens. One of the real ones that provides an intense heat of 500 degrees Celsius to convert a pizza base into a tangible, light and tasty platform for all kinds of fresh toppings. And the cheese! My goodness, the cheese is transformed utterly into a creamy delight.
On our last visit we enjoyed Italian cooked ham, with portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, fresh thyme and evo, on a lathering of sweet tomato sauce. It feeds two for lunch, for the price of a mediocre starter elsewhere, a bargain really at £8. Or you could simply inhale your pizza yourself, taking care to repel invading hands from companions looking for a spare slice.
Now, Paesano opened recently in the West End to much fanfare so they are clearly keen to put their stamp on the Glasgow culinary landscape. We’d suggest it’s time to get creative with their combinations. Look for more adventurous toppings on the specials board. Challengers are arriving – there’s more of those woodfired ovens around now than ever before. If they want to keep their crown as the Best Pizza in Glasgow, they’ll need to work for it.
As always, save room for ice cream.
94 Miller Street
T: 0141 258 5565
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