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Review from Pammi G.
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West End, Glasgow
Now if you are a Glasgow native the name Don Costanzos is perhaps ringing a bell, that is because for 27 years it was located on Buchanan Street and was a bit of a Glasgow institution, It relocated in late 2011 to the West End to make way for the new Buchanan Quater building. Frankly to have a business open for 27 years in the city you kind of have to know what you're doing so I was very excited to try it out.
I visited for the first time at 6pm on a Tuesday night, we were the only ones in the restaurant which was a little off putting as at first as there wasn't any music playing so it was a little like walking in to the twilight zone. However this soon changed when we were greeted like long lost friends and ushered to a table. The decor is very very traditional Italian Trattoria with red and white checkered table cloths and old wine bottles dotted around everywhere. What really caught my attention tho was all the photographs on the walls which were of customers dating back for what looked like decades. At the table I was sitting at I spotted photographs of quite a few famous faces including Lauren Bacall....yes LAUREN BACALL!! Referee superstar Pier Luigi, Several old firm footballers from the 90s and Alice Cooper....I know crazy isn't it?
It's worth mentioning before I start raving about the food that there is a certain expectation now when you eat in the city that food has to be served in a particular fashion - we are no longer satisfied with amazing food it has to be presented in a particular way....well you need to put that aside to visit the Don and believe me when I tell you, you will absolutely not regret it
I opted to try the Tuna Onion & Bean starter which pretty much did what it said on the tin, it arrived as a little salad and was served with some seriously delicious fresh bread. It was light and tasty and the portion was huge.
For my main I was talked into trying the special by the Don himself which was a Squid & Prawn pasta in a gorgeous slightly spicy tomato sauce, I also choose a side of deep fried zucchini flowers. The pasta again was a massive portion which I couldn't even come close to finishing. I was really excited to try the Zucchini flowers after seeing them often made on Australian Masterchef (it's my absolutely favourite TV show) and I was not disappointed they were so moreish with a very light and tasty batter.
For me there is only one option for dessert in any Italian and that is tirimisu. We were warned when ordering it that it might be a little soft as it probably hadn't set yet. I only have 3 words I can use to describe this dish.......Sweet Baby Jesus! It was THE most amazing tirimisu I have ever eaten, and believe me I have tried a few. It was a creamy coffee concoction of perfection which surely must of been made by angels. I know I am gushing but to me it was that good.
So that was my first and definitely not last experience of Don Costanzos if you can put aside that you don't have to be eating edible art to enjoy a meal you will not regret doing it for this little slice of Caprese Heaven in the middle of Glasgow.
Best tiramisu I've ever had!
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About This BusinessProvided by business
Don Costanzo is a newly opened Italian Restaurant located in the basement of 13 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow G3. Formerly the location of Nick Nairn's restaurant, it has been transformed into a warm, homely welcoming restaurant where you can enjoy the best of authentic, home cooked Italian cuisine. Don Costanzo was opened after the closure of The Caprese in Buchanan Street, a long established restaurant of 26 years, owned and run by Costanzo Cacace and his family. Costanzo gained the reputation of offering the best of the best to the best of the best. Clientele from across the globe, famous and not so famous enjoyed what Costanzo offered in the Caprese, fantastic food in a great atmosphere and those people have returned to Don Costanzo for more of the same. Using only the best of ingredients and produce, and with an impressive wine list to suit every taste, a trip to Costanzo's new place will not disappoint. Easily reached from both the city centre and west end with good parking.
Established in 2011
Opened by Costanzo and family after the closure (and demolition!) of The Caprese Restaurant in Buchanan Street, a long established restaurant in the heart of Glasgow. Costanzo opened The Caprese in 1984 and built up a loyal following of customers who have since joined him at his new establishment in Woodside Crescent.
Meet the Business Owner: Costanzo c.
Costanzo is the larger than life owner of Don Costanzo. Born and raised in Capri, Italy, Costanzo met and married a Glasgow girl which is what brought him to Scotland. Costanzo managed various restaurants around Glasgow including the Spaghetti House and O Sole Mio before venturing out on his own with The Caprese. After 26 years of running The Caprese with his family, Costanzo moved to Don Costanzo in Woodside Crescent, a mere 5 minutes drive from his old place. Costanzo continues to run Don Costanzo as he did with The Caprese, a welcoming, homely atmosphere with authentic Italian food.