Interior of Zambretto

I’ve been working in Paisley now for almost three years and I always like to have a few gluten free restaurants up my sleeve for impromptu lunches. Zambretto, formally called Saporito, have two locations in Paisley and I’ve visited both multiple times. Most recently I’ve visited the Zambretto on Paisley High Street. This is in a great location for the town centre attractions such as the Museum or Art Centre, and is also close to lots of pubs if you fancy a wee drink after dinner. The downstairs features a day time bistro takeaway area, a bar and a more relaxed dining area, and upstairs has some cosy tables and nice booths for big parties.

They used to mark gluten free options on their menu, but I’m sad to say they don’t now and you have to ask the servers. They offer gluten free pasta and will check with the kitchen that the sauce you want is safe. On my last trip I was thrilled to discover they can do their macaroni cheese gluten free as the sauce is not thickened with wheat flour! Very exciting. It felt like a treat to be able to order restaurant macaroni again.

Zambretto Macaroni Cheese
Zambretto Macaroni Cheese

My favourite dish here however is the Pesto Rosso pasta which is basically just gluten free penne pasta in a red pesto and mascapone sauce with chicken, pepperoni and spring onions – delicious! I actually find it hard to pick something else because I love this pasta so much. I’ve also tried the napoli and bolognese pastas, as well as the Penne Zambretto. On my next trip I’d like to try the chicken and bacon penne pasta dish.

Zambretto Penne Pesto Rosso
Zambretto Penne Pesto Rosso

Previously I was able to have the risotto here on an old menu but I’m unsure if this is changed. Due to the removal of highlighting gluten free options it makes it a bit more difficult and I tend to just stick with the safe pasta option. They do state on their menu that they don’t have a dedicated fryer so this makes the chips unsafe – a shame as they smell amazing!

Most recently, Zambretto have introduced a vegan menu and offer a vegan cheese for pizzas! I love that there’s now a safe dairy free pizza option, although no gluten free base as of yet!

It’s also worth mentioning that the cocktails here are lovely. I treated myself to a “Brazilian Mojito”, aka a mojito with passionfruit.

Zambretto Brazilian Mojito
Zambretto Brazilian Mojito

Overall, Zambretto is a nice place to go for a meal. The High Street location is beautifully decorated, and the Old Sneddon Street restaurant is under the railway bridges and has this really authentic feel to it. I really wish they would develop a proper gluten free menu as on some occasions I have felt that the staff haven’t been all that clued up on what I can have. Having a proper menu to order from stating the safe options would make things so much easier.

You can view the main menu for Zambretto here.

Gluten Free Paisley: Zambretto Italian
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