I'd never even heard of Don Costanzo before Pammi G told me about it so I was excited to read her rave review and have the chance to check it out. It's tucked along Woodside Terrace and you'd be best off checking the map on Yelp before you head there, lest you head to completely the wrong place. No bother though, we found it eventually!
It's a basement restaurant but it has a large windows at either end so it's not dark and dim like you might expect. I really like the decor - to me, it was like stepping back in time but in a tasteful, charming way. There's loads of photos all over the walls and you can tell it's had a lot of love put into it.
I had a glass of rosé while looking over the menu which was really tasty - so tasty that I couldn't resist a second small glass with my main. For starters I had the caprese salad which was served with a whopping chunk of buffalo mozzarella. Everything was so fresh, light and tasty that it was totally perfect in its simplicity. I loved the generous slices of whopping huge tomato and even though the mozzarella was massive, it was a refreshing starter.
For main I had the veal milanese with pasta. About 3 years ago (possibly more), Graeme had this dish at an Italian restaurant and I've had food envy ever since. I never forget food envy. Mine was served with penne napolitana but you could opt for a spicier spaghetti if you wanted. The veal was delicious, soft and buttery and the pasta was heavenly. I got a very generous dusting of parmesan (the way I like it). I did struggle to finish mine though (I had to save room for dessert).
The tiramisu was wonderful, soft, fluffy, boozy and the lovely richness of coffee. I couldn't finish my portion but they happily put it in a ramekin for me to take home - so lovely.
The bill was pretty pricey - around £40 per person, but then that was for a 3 course meal with drinks so it's actually not too bad. My favourite thing about here (apart from the food) was definitely the service. The staff are so lovely and welcoming that you really do feel like you're part of their family. Nothing was too much trouble or difficult for them, and we got really mouthwatering descriptions of the menu from the Don himself. He would pop out from the kitchen every now and then to see how we were doing, and made sure he came by to say goodbye as he had to be up early for the fishmarket in the morning.
A charming hidden gem in Woodlands - I can't wait to return.
Today the lovely Pammi G introduced me to Don Costanzo's, and I loved it!
Hidden away in a basement off Woodside Crescent lies this homely and welcoming Italian restaurant!
The menu is moderately priced, though they do offer a "Business Lunch" Monday - Friday, from 12.00 - 14.15. With 2 courses for £11 this is not a bad deal.
Today I had a warm garden vegetable salad to start. It was delicious with courgettes, carrots, and green beans cooked to perfection, with a lovely oil dressing and parsley and lemon. I love this sort of food; simple dishes that bring out the flavours of the ingredients without too much fuss or intervention - often only enjoyed when in mainland Europe.
For main I opted for dish of the day which was Penne Amatriciana. Tomato, bacon, onion, and chilli - I devoured this tasty dish!
Pammi and I also shared a side of Zucchini Fritte - delicious courgettes wrapped in a light crispy batter - very moreish!
I have been lusting over pictures of Don Costanzo's Tiramisu posted by Pammi G on Twitter, so was disappointed when I didn't have room for dessert at lunchtime. However, the Don wrapped up a portion for me to take home and enjoy. I have just this minute finished my portion of Tiramisu, and it tastes as good as it looks. Fluffy, light mascarpone cream with chocolate and coffee soaked sponge - this is a winning combination for me, and the Don's is one of the nicest I have tried. I love a splash of rum through my Tiramisu, but couldn't really taste any booze in this one?
I had my 1 year old with me today, and though Don Costanzo's don't have a kids menu as such, the Don happily whipped up a generous serving of Penne with Napoli sauce for my little one. She gobbled the whole plate up in record time - so a big thumbs up from my little food critic too! ;)
I throughly enjoyed my lunch at Don Costanzos, and look forward to visiting again. A lovely venue with lovely staff and super food! Don Costanzo's - I salute you!
Okay - Firstly I'll state my score is a 3.5, but I can't pop the half star on!
Came here on the back of my fellow Yelpers raving reviews recently. We booked in for 5:30 on a Saturday evening, which meant we were the first people in, as they were still setting up for evening service from opening at 5pm.
Very warm welcome and ushered us both in to a table near the far end, overlooking Charing Cross. Offered a drink & the lady recommended we start with a glass of prosecco, which was delicious. However, no offer of water for the table.
Don himself came out to reel off the specials. I went for the meat stuffed pepper. As everything else on the starters were cheese based or soup, Fiona stuck with the bread. Sadly, the butter was rock solid just out of the fridge. Not the end of the world, but it is one of my pet 101 hates having rock hard cold butter in a catering wrapper.
The stuffed pepper was nice. Sweet flavour from the pepper, but nothing really stand out from the meatball inside.
For mains, I went with the Veal chop and Fiona, the tiger prawns with rice. I was graciously offered a bib, which I took up! Now this veal is big, but mainly due to the size of the t-bone and once you trim off all the fat, it's a fairly reasonable piece of meat. The flavour of the gravy was simply sensational and the meat, beautifully tender. The Prawn and rice though, just wasn't that stand out as a dish. More prawns would have been better & as Fiona said, felt like something she could cook easily enough at home & she doesn't cook.
The sides of garlic spinach was disappointing. It just tasted of wet cold spinach. The zucchini (courgette) fritters were lovely, if not a little al dente.
We decided to go for dessert & I had to get the tiramisu. It was brilliant! Fiona tried the special of poached pears with a caramelised sauce and ice cream. Now whenever pears are poached, you have to - HAVE to, remove the skins. These had the skins left on & it just leaves a grainy taste with each bite and ruins the point of poaching.
So, one starter, 3 drinks, 2 mains and 2 desserts & that was £82 before a tip. The outstanding part of this place, is the warm friendly family welcome. It's one of the best we have witnessed, so I would give that 4 stars alone. However, apart from the veal and tiramisu, nothing else really blew me away. As for value for money, I don't think it was, as we both felt hungry afterwards. Would I try this place again? Yes, but it will be for the service first.
You Gotta Eat Here - For Sure! :-D
Had it not been recommended by one of my colleagues, I would never have found this place, but I'm so glad I did. Hidden away underground in Woodlands, Don Constanzo is a fantastic, friendly and family-run restaurant, bursting with personality, whilst oozing elegance from its delicious dishes.
We were instantly welcomed by the charming owner, who was more than happy to cater for our group's gluten-free and vegan requirements and even whipped up off-menu dishes to suit each diner.
Among the dishes served to our table were courgette fritters, the most delicate and delicious aubergine lasagne and home-made ice cream truffles, generously topped with hazelnut liqueur. The food was glorious and everyone who works here talks with such knowledge and passion about the food that it's clear you're in good hands.
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.
Fantastic resturaunt.Atmosphere warm relaxing and very authentic.Food first class service delightful, prices brilliant.A must to visit.
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.
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.
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