There’s something about Italian food that appeals at any time of year.
Whether it is a warm summer evening when you are happy to enjoy a leisurely, perfectly made slice or two of pizza, preferably with a chilled glass of something to hand, or on chillier days, to tuck in to a bowl of comforting pasta wrapped in just the right amount of sauce, both make for a tasty meal.
Whether it is the connotation of food “like mamma used to make” after she spent hours slaving over a hot stove to feed her hungry family or intimate Mediterranean dining, the allure of Italian cuisine attracts us all.
But for those who haven’t discovered it already, I’ll let you into a secret: you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen rustling up a perfect taste of Italy. Instead, pop into Tony Macaroni where you will be able to enjoy wonderful food in ambient surroundings and it won’t hit your pocket too hard.
There are several branches of this popular restaurant scattered across Central Scotland, but one of my favourites is in Glasgow city centre.
Minutes away from the main shopping area, it is situated at the corner of West George Street and Renfield Street, with two floors offering a selection of tables and booths.
Despite the number of covers, on our recent Saturday evening visit – perfect way to end an afternoon of retail therapy – we had to wait for a table, an indication of its popularity. However, this was short and served to whet our appetites with all the delicious food going past.
When seated upstairs our service was quick and a chatty waitress added to the ambience with her entertaining interaction with customers.
Although the starters looked excellent with a varied choice we decided to skip and go straight to the main course.
I love pizza so the choice was easy for me ... until it came to deciding from the extensive list on offer. Eventually I chose the Capricciosa – easier to eat than say – and wasn’t disappointed with the perfectly made thin base, topped liberally with tomato sauce, mozzarrella, artichokes, egg, black olive, wild mushrooms and ham.
Christie’s choice was the signature Tony Macaroni pizza which was tomato sauce, mozzarella, fried aubergine, red pepper and Italian sausage and again it was given a massive thumbs up.
Pasta lovers are also well catered for with generous portions of all your favourites, together with some more unusual sauce combinations.
There is also an interesting choice of tapas which you could have as a starter or to share at £3.95 each or three for £10.95.
Despite the size of the pizza, the allure of the sundaes proved too great a temptation and we shared a goeey, creamy, caramel creation that was so light it couldn’t possibly have many calories.
It proved a perfect end to a perfect meal.