Leonardo’s & Co opened on Glasgow’s busy Sauchiehall Street a couple of months ago and have only recently started offering gluten free pasta on their menu. It’s been a while since I’ve been anywhere new so, of course, I felt the need to pop in and try it out!
The restaurant offers a menu bursting with authentic Italian cuisine and I was delighted when the chef, Giovanni, came out to speak to us and recommend dishes as it was a quiet afternoon. It really added to the experience and, having to eat gluten free, reassured me that I was going to be eating safely. The chef recommended I have seafood, but as I’m not a fan I decided to go for the Al Cartoccio – penne pasta in a Bolognese sauce with strips of bacon, cream, Mozzarella & a hint of chilli, and settled back with my glass of prosecco to enjoy my afternoon.
The food arrived quickly and I was amazed to find that my pasta dish came wrapped up in tinfoil! The waitress, Kara, explained that the Al Cartoccio is cooked fresh and then put in the oven to bake for five minutes. On “unwrapping” my lunch I was met by a delicious and enticing smell. I couldn’t wait to tuck in!
I can honestly say that this was the nicest pasta dish I have ever eaten. You can probably tell from my past reviews that I’m not a very adventurous eater and tend to stick to plain dishes that I know I’ll like, but at Leonardo’s I felt so confident in the chef and the restaurant that I took a risk and on this occasion it definitely paid off! The pasta was cooked to perfection, and the bacon added so much flavour to the bolognese with the chilli just giving it a little extra kick.
Unfortunately I was unable to sample any starters or deserts, although I am told that the minestrone soup is both delicious and gluten free, however I enjoyed my main course so much that I know I’ll be back. I’ve promised them that I’ll try some seafood next time! Leonardo’s is situated perfectly for a nice meal before a night out or after a long day of shopping. It’s absolutely ideal for any theatregoers as the Kings Theatre is just around the corner. This is the owners first restaurant, they also own popular bars Barbushka and the Brunswick, and I think that the flair and individuality shown in Leonardo’s could be the beginning of something special for them.