Is it the best Italian in Glasgow? It’s certainly a contender in a very competitive category and right now Coia’s Cafe is our favourite.
Our fondness for the place is ultimately based on the food. The menu is expansive and executed with flair. There’s real talent in this kitchen.
However, one of the most endearing parts of this place is that it’s authentic Italian but with a decidedly East End Glasgow accent. This is a neighbourhood restaurant as much as it is a place that people will go out of their way to visit.
The Coia family opened their first cafe in Dennistoun in 1928 and the restaurant is currently run by the third generation of restaurateurs, Alfredo and Antonia.
After extending the premises in 2006 to include a takeaway and delicatessen, they are planning to close on Monday for a refurbishment of the entire operation. They say the plan is to “step it up a level”.
Coia’s will return with a new look but we hope the casual, buzzy atmosphere will be the same and their menu will remain intact.
From the many tried and tested favourite dishes at Coia’s we recommend their linguine alla pescatora, a majestic heap of mixed seafood – including giant Scottish langoustines and mussels – piled on fresh pasta in a garlic, chilli and tomato sauce (£15.95).
Remember to save room for dessert, their cheesecakes are a real treat.
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473 Duke Street, Glasgow G31 1RD
T:0141 554 3822