One of my aims is to gain as wide a knowledge of gluten free dining in Glasgow as possible and to do that I need to try new places. I spotted Panevino as I was walking along Argyle Street towards my boyfriends work. The exterior caught my eye and I stopped to read the menu. I couldn’t obviously see anything gluten free but I made a mental note to look it up! I sent an email in asking about the gluten free options but have not yet had a response. However my boyfriend popped in one day to find out and, on hearing that they did gluten free pasta (hooray!) booked us in.
The restaurant itself is lovely. The majority of the restaurant is filled with a big continental style bar like you would get on holiday and you can eat around it, or there are tables around the edge of the room and upstairs on a mezzanine. The menu is full of delicious sounding dishes – take a look here and see for yourself! I decided to have lentil soup for my starter and gluten free ragu for my main course, with my boyfriend (Paul) splashing out and going for scallops and a fillet steak!
My soup was delicious. It tasted just like my gran’s soup which is perfect. It came quickly although I was offered some bread which I quickly declined. My main was simply out of this world! The ragu is made up of beef, veal, oxtail and pork and the flavour is fabulous! I had asked for spaghetti but they’d ran out so I got penne instead. It didn’t matter. The whole meal was cooked to perfection and the portion size was huge! I had never tried veal or oxtail before and I was pleasantly surprised. Paul being from up north, was delighted with his scallops and he declared his steak to be the best steak he’s had in ages! I passed on dessert as there wasn’t really anything gluten free apart from ice cream, but I did enjoy a lovely glass of iced tea instead!
Between us we had five courses, a glass of wine, a beer, a coke, an iced tea, a coffee and a shot of sambuca (Paul was testing them to see if they were a “real” Italian restaurant) and our bill reflected what we had. It was a bit more than we usually spend on dinner but it was so incredible that we didn’t mind. The service was excellent, the food was excellent, and I wasn’t glutened – an extra bonus! It’s not overpriced at all and I’d definitely recommend Panevino for a special occasion or even if you just want a really good meal and don’t mind paying a little extra. From 5pm-7pm Sunday-Friday they run an Early Evening menu with two courses for £12, and three for £15 so we are going back to try that out.
If you ever visit Glasgow, Panevino is a must visit!