Thanks to the Italian diaspora, Glasgow is home to some of the best Italian restaurants in the UK.

Spoiled for choice, we've listed our top pics from across the city for pasta, pizza and everything in between.

Glasgow city centre

Santa Lucia Merchant City

68 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EX

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The consistently bustling restaurant is frequented by influencers. The Merchant City restaurant location has spawned two more eateries in the West End and the brand has become much-loved in the city.

Amore Ristorante Pizzeria

30 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1EZ

Glasgow Times:

This Glasgow Times editor-approved Italian serves generous portions meaning you will never leave hungry.

Open since 2008, diners can expect a menu with all the classics from pizza and pasta to mains like Pollo Milanese and Salmone All' Amore.

La Lanterna

35 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

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This city centre staple is frequented by footballers and celebrities alike. Head inside the unassuming door on Hope Street and prepare to be transported into the magical world of Glasgow's oldest family-run Italian. 

Paesano Pizza

94 Miller St, Glasgow G1 1DT

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Authentic, traditional, wood-fired artisan pizzas. This restaurant spawned many copycats but none get it quite right. Dare I say, it's better than some of the pies I've had in Italy.

Banca Di Roma

31 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AJ

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Banca di Roma is perfect for a swanky evening, situated inside a gorgeous former bank in Royal Exchange Square. The vibe is similar to The Ivy and the extensive menu is perfect for sharing.

West End

Celino's

235 Dumbarton Rd, Partick, Glasgow G11 6AB

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The family-run Italian delicatessen and cafe opened its second location in Partick back in 2017 and has been a hit in the area since.

The trattoria serves fresh pasta, pizza and wine with the mantra of "tutto per tutti" (everything for everyone). 

If you're in the East End, head to Celino's original location on Alexandra Parade.

Eusebi Deli

152 Park Rd, Glasgow G4 9HB

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This city institution is open for breakfast, brunch and dinner. The restaurant was included in The Good Food Guide as one of Britain's 100 Best Local Restaurants of 2023.

Santa Lucia Pasta

4-6 Byres Rd, Partick, Glasgow G11 5JY

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The pasta-focussed sister restaurant to Santa Lucia in Merchant City is incredible. 

Pasta dishes are inspired from all corners of Italy and made fresh in-house daily. The sun-shaped ravioli di capesante e gamberi (pasta parcels stuffed with king scallops and king prawns) with scallop roe sauce is the stuff of dreams.

Caprese Don Costanzo

13 Woodside Cres, Glasgow G3 7UL

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Another hotspot for spotting football stars, this family-run Italian is picturesque. Tuck into a pollo parmigiana with a side of penne arrabbiata and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere complete with red gingham tablecloths and candid pictures decorating the walls. 

West Side Tavern

162 Dumbarton Rd, Partick, Glasgow G11 6XE

Glasgow Times:

This retro American-style Italian next to Kelvinbridge Station is one of the few spots in the city to score New York-style pizza. We recommend The Spice Boi, a delectable combination of mozzarella, pepperoni, hot honey and chillies. In addition to tavern pizzas, the menu has a selection of tasty pastas and starters that change with the seasons.

Southside

Bar Vini

80 Victoria Rd, Glasgow G42 7AA

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At this hip Italian nook on Victoria Road, booking is a must. The cosy space serves pizza, pasta and "other Italian grub" with rotating specials and a killer drinks list.

Battlefield Rest

55 Battlefield Rd, Langside, Glasgow G42 9JL

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Inside of the landmark Battlefield Rest you'll find a continental bistro that balances Italian and Scottish flavours. Since original owner Marco Giannasi sold up last year after half a century in the business, the restaurant has continued to win awards for its Italian food.

Oro

85 Kilmarnock Rd, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 3YR

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A go-to pizza spot in the Southside, this gold-themed restaurant is all about glitz and glamour. 

Errol's Hot Pizza

379 Victoria Rd, Govanhill, Glasgow G42 8RZ

Glasgow Times:

This elusive pizza spot in Govanhill is worth a trip if you can get a table (they do save some for walk-ins). It is a very small sit-in pizza shop, as explained on their Instagram page. One of the few remaining BYOB spots in the city.

East End

Celentano's

28-32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0XA

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Arguably one of the best restaurants in the city (Michelin Guide approved), Celentano's serves seasonal Italian plates made with sustainably sourced ingredients. The cod doughnuts are addictive - you have been warned.

La Vita Barrachnie

175 Baillieston Rd, Baillieston, Glasgow G32 0TN

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Seemingly made for social media with its huge pink flower arch, this Italian is adored by influencers. Expect a decorative Vespa, Italian marble-esque statues and neon signs.

Coia's

473-477 Duke St, Glasgow G31 1RD

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The East End institution has just celebrated its 95th year with big plans for 2024. The venue has a cult following with a second outlet in the works.